Privileged Information (Dr. Alan Gregory, Bk 1) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Privileged Information - Dr. Alan Gregory, Bk 1 - Audio Cassette - Abridged Author:Stephen White, Dick Hill (Narrator) Alan Gregory is a clinical psychologist with a thriving practice in Boulder, Colorado. His life begins to unravel when one of his female patients is found in an apparent suicide and the local paper begins printing accusations from an unnamed source of sexual impropriety between the woman and Dr. Gregory. He launches a psychological and personal ... more »quest for the truth that rapidly intensifies when more of his patients die untimely deaths, and Gregory suspects not only that the deaths are related but that another one of his patients may be somehow involved. Lacking facts but roused by suspicion and troubled by seemingly random acts of terror around him, Gregory starts to fear for the safety of the people he loves.
The question of the inviolability of confidential disclosures made to Gregory by his patients - privileged information - becomes crucial as the psychologist pursues an unsettling romance with Lauren Crowder, a lovely deputy district attorney investigating one of the deaths. Bound to silence, Gregory follows the psychological tracks of someone he fears may be a cunning and disturbed killer, while turning to his enigmatic but supportive partner, Diane Estevez, for counsel, and to his tart-tongued female urologist neighbor for support.
The sinister, surprising drama unfolds against Boulder's Rocky Mountain backdrop, in the arresting natural beauty of Aspen, and in the midst of a baroque Halloween costume party in downtown Boulder. Finally, in a lonely mountain lodge enshrouded in menace, the story comes to its breathtaking climax.
I have read all of Stephen White's novels and enjoyed them immensely. In Priviledged Information we are introduced to Alan Gregory who is a very interesting character. This book is a real thriller and very suspenseful. I could not put it down, like all of White's books. I find his books every bit as good as Jonathan Kellerman's. Perhaps more so as Alan Gregory's relationships with others are explored more deeply than Alex Delaware's.
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Well read and not bad for a first book. White gets a little OCD about the concept of privilege as it pertains to psychologist/patient relationships. My assumption while listening to it was that White was still a practicing psychologist at the time and was therefore assuming that his patients might read his book. Don't know if this is true, but it seems a little self-conscious. Nonetheless, to really appreciate this series you need to start at the beginning, which is this book. He gets better and better--more relaxed in his writing. So, this is a must read/listen.
This was the first book by White that I have read and I was not disappointed. The story moved at a decent pace and had some suspense. I was a little bothered with so much of the focus being on the confidentiality it became repetitive. White does an excellent job developing all of his characters. A very good read. I can't wait to start Private Practices the next in the series.