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The Last Lie (Alan Gregory #18)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,591 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
Thankfully Alan and Lauren Gregory aren't on the guest list when their affluent new neighbors hold a housewarming party-because the next morning, a rape accusation rocks the town of Boulder. And though Alan discovers he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the party-he may not be able to stop crucial witnesses-and people close to him-from being mur ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Signet (first published August 1st 2010)
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May 05, 2015 Cole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize that this was book 18 of a series when I started it. Relevant backstory? I have no idea. Regardless of that, I enjoyed the book. It kept me guessing and delved into ethical issues in a way that coincided with the plot.
It all started with that damn housewarming.

This latest Alan Gregory novel is about a partially-remembered rape, about the new dog-hating neighbors (I tend not to trust people who don't like animals, but that's just me), and about justice. Especially about how justice is sometimes hijacked by lawyer wizards. The mystery was entertaining and I liked the book for the quick read that it is. I had read only a couple of this series before I read this one, so I occasionally lost a bit of the back-story
Mar 02, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, 2012-adult
This book was okay. I originally started reading Stephen White's books because they were set in Boulder, CO. I lived in Boulder for several years and enjoyed the familiarity with many of the places that appeared in his books. This book is the 18th Alan Gregory novel. I think it is time to "retire" the Alan Gregory character. Alan is starting to get annoying and I he's getting boring. The books starring Alan haven't been especially great either. White's last book, The Siege, that starred Alan's f ...more
While I am still a big fan of this series, methinks White must have some kind of hold over his publisher to get this horse out of stable in this hobbled state. This book is in need of both a good story editor and good copy editor. Has he just gotten so popular that they'll let him do anything he wants? The three-chapter "background" on the Kobe Bryant story was more like a rant than a contextualization. I might agree with most of what is discussed, but it felt way too drawn out and irrelevant. W ...more
Aug 29, 2010 BJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alan Gregory has frequently struggled with some ethical boundaries in this series, and in this book he really gets into some muddy waters: he is right in the middle of a possible crime, and receiving information from a law enforcement perspective through his friend Sam Purdy, from a prosecutorial perspective from his wife Lauren, and from a professional and clinical perspective from his supervisee, who it the therapist for the victim of the alleged crime. Alan ends up with more information than ...more
This is in the series of Alan Gregory, the psychologist, living in the hills above Boulder, Colorado. I spend a lot of time, there so I could track all the locations, the restaurants, trails. His plots are somewhat obvious, you know who the perpetrator is at the beginning, in this case there is an acquaintance rape by Alan’s extremely wealthy neighbor who is an attorney TV personality focusing on women’s rights. Alan’s adopted son figures in, and there are many red herrings. Alan’s wife who has ...more
Albert Riehle
Jun 25, 2012 Albert Riehle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has three distinct parts. There's the beginning, which is slow, boring and verbose. There is the middle which is exactly like the beginning only it comes after you've had to read the crap that came before it too. And finally there's the end which is more of the same. It's like having your Bouvier dog take a crap, on top of a crap on top of a crap.

To say this was my least favorite book by this author is an understatement. He's one of the most frustratingly inconsistent authors I've eve
I really, really like Stephen White's writing. He writes intelligently and I have to really concentrate to understand what is going on. The Last Lie focuses on Alan Gregory and his work as a clinical therapist, this time in a supervisory capacity with a newer therapist. I am fascinated with the inner workings of how a therapist keeps himself out of the "work" of helping a client learn about him/herself through questions and insights. The person being analysed is a rape victim and the rape suppos ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the latest of Stephen White's "Alan Gregory" novels I picked up in a long time and like any good author of a series he managed to pull me right back in.

Dr. Alan Gregory seems to stumble upon crime -or it on him- in most of the books in the series and this one is no exception. After the death of his previous neighbour and dear friend, Adrienne, a new couple moves in after purchasing her house next door. The new neighbours hold a housewarming party during which events occure that catch the
Suspense Magazine
Jul 25, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shutting the final page of White’s newest installment to the popular Alan Gregory series, “The Last Lie” was akin to saying goodbye to a friend before a long journey. Realistic vibrations surge through the pages with an electric tempo, making it effortless to become acquainted or reacquainted with the Gregory family and other assorted cast members.

The situation is not a simple one. A crime has been committed mere feet from Alan Gregory’s front door and the sanctity of his family’s home and clos
Phyllis Sommers
This author's novels are wearing thin on me. I've previously reviewed the disturbing glibness of White's recurring main character, Clinical Psychologist Alan Gregory, PhD; sadly, his glibness prevails even more substantially throughout "The Last Lie." Typically, there is enough substance and suspense in White's stories to override my annoyance with Dr. Gregory, but I can't say that was the case this time. I found the novel extremely slow-moving and wasn't really drawn into the plot until the fin ...more
Margaret Wilde
Dec 29, 2010 Margaret Wilde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another of my favorite authors. Stephen White is a psychologist who writes about a psychologist in Boulder, CO. His cast of characters is similar to those of Jonathan Kellerman, but that's where the similarity ends. His main character is on occasion consulted by his Boulder police officer friend, but often gets involved with criminal cases through his innate curiosity. All of the characters have a lot of depth with good and bad things happening in their lives. Boulder is a small city wit ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
One of the more engrossing books in the Alan Gregory canon.
In #18, Psychologist Alan, ADA wife Lauren, precocious daughter Grace, and adopted son Jason have new neighbors. The former home of son Jason (whose father Peter was murdered in #4 and Mother Adrienne was blown up by terrorists in #16) has been purchased by a media darling lawyer who immediately raises Alan's hackles by complaining about large dog Emily running loose.
After a housewarming party, a sleepover guest goes to the police and co
Христо Блажев
Психолог разследва престъпления в “Последната лъжа” на Стивън Уайт:

Миналата седмица младият блогър Жоро написа интригуващо ревю за книгата, а когато отидох на голям купон в петък, тя ме чакаше с името ми, надраскано на залепено върху яката корица листче. Няма как, взех я (че и един луксозен том на Борхес забърсах пътем) и още в лежерната слънчева събота я отнесох с удоволствие. “Последната лъжа” ма Стивън Уайт е чудесно написана и завъртяна психологическа
I enjoy the series of mysteries which involves Psychologist Alan Gregory who practices in Boulder Colorado, where he lives with his family. This time out I found that the story was hijacked a couple of times by a favorite character, Alan's friend Sam, who gave "authorial" diatribes on the state of the justice system.

I continue to enjoy this series and the characters but prefer the story come through the characters more naturally. The characters are interesting and the plots are good throughout t
Sep 14, 2013 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a hook from the beginning that that captured me and reeled me in. Alan was asked to supervise a therapy case of a woman accusing a man of rape. The man happens to be Alan's new neighbor. They didn't get off to a good start. Meanwhile, Alan's son is showing some off tendencies even while he seems to be doing well. Lauren is not doing so well. Her MS is debilitating her and she doesn't like it. But she seems to like their new neighbor just fine. He's a high profile attorney who has d ...more
Aug 29, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-bought-this, kindle
Wow, this is #18 in the series? I remember learning about this series in New Orleans at an ALA conference back in the 90s. I love it...wish I could remember who told me about any case, I feel like I know these people. The story kept my interest, and I cared what happened to Alan and Lauren and (especially) Emily...but the bit about the secrets in the house next door that made the ending possible, and the ending itself, just were a tad off for me. Not enough WSOD on my part, I guess. But ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
3 1/2 stars

I always enjoy the books in this series, some more than others. In comparison with the earlier Alan Gregory novels, I found this one too cerebral, wordy, and dense with descriptions of the architecture, layout, and history of Boulder. I kept thinking White made too many trips to the thesaurus while writing this. Big words where simpler ones would have served just as well or better. It was also heavy on discussions of domestic complications.

He tried to give me an earworm on page 29, b
Mar 27, 2016 Suzan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Stephen White (except for Kill Me, which I couldn't finish) and Alan Gregory. This one moved right along. I particularly liked Fiji, the Destroyer of Prairie Dogs. A convoluted plot as per usual, with interesting reflections (both literal and as part of the plot structure) on the ethics of patient confidentiality. It is good to find a "read in a day" book that has some substance in larger terms. Sorry to here Gregory is coming to the end of his run--I hope in a "just decided to retire" so ...more
Cindie Harp
Jan 26, 2015 Cindie Harp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may not be a five star book for many other people than I, other than those who have had a long relationship with fictional psychologist Alan Gregory. He and I go back to Privileged Information in the very early 90's. He and I have been through a lot over the years, and I don't want to hurt his feelings but there were a couple recent years during which I got kind of bored. Perhaps because of his recent resolve (posted on his website) to end publishing life, (Stephen White's resolve, not Alan ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 14, 2014 Tom rated it liked it
As this series winds down, White returns to some paths of his earlier books. He plays small ball, which in this case means he focuses on aspects of Alan Gregory's clinical work. I much prefer when the focus is on the relationships and the drama and trauma that humans inflict on one another. The book is a fast read and is definitely elevated above the prior book. But I kept wanting to fast forward through the more tedious dialogue about the alleged rape. The dialogue is crisp and moves quickly. I ...more
Simone Sinna
Dec 09, 2014 Simone Sinna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I read this out of order (damn it was hard to work out!) and got to meet the neighbors from hell that were referenced in a later book…..Plenty of action (all starts out when Alan isn’t invited to his neighbor’s house warming. Big mistake though he would have worked it out too fast if he had been). All around a rape, it brings in psychotherapy supervision and what jumps off the page is that White knows what he’s talking about. Yes its fiction but he’s lived this and that helps the reader be ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is more like a 2.5 rating but it was too annoying to go ahead and bump it up to three stars. Perhaps I hated it so much because I listened to the audio book and the narrator had this annoying accent - like Philadelphia baby talk for all of the characters, especially the women who all whined everything they said.

The book is very heavy on the dialogue and low on the action. I get annoyed by books where the police and lawyers are too dumb to figure things out and it takes a private citizen li
Mar 09, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because the narrator, Dick Hill, is a favorite and he did a good job with this. Hill quickly made me forget his other famous read, the Reacher series.

However, Hill's narration couldn't make this a great read. The prose was verbose, the pace was agonizingly slow in many spots, and there was no pay off. The opening line was one reason I kept reading but the ending didn't tie back to it.

The descriptions of Boulder, the Flatirons and the great views were endless. While the diatribe
Sep 21, 2010 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This book was one I ended up staying up half the night to finish.
Despite this being the 18th book in the psychotherapist "Alan Gregory" series... it is the first read for me by author Stephen White. Overall I enjoyed "listening" to this novel but I have some complaints. I must agree with many other readers that he was a bit too heavy on the "heavy words" when he could have used words more conducive to the general public as well as the flow of the writing. Trying to impress the reader with a 'heavy vocabulary' only distracts from the novel even though I was fa ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Feb 04, 2011 Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boulderites, People who live in or love Boulder, Colorado
I waited and waited for an audiobook to become available through the Boulder Public Library. I listened on audiobook while walking in Boulder - I enjoyed the story, even if it wasn't one of my favorites. Recently, The Daily Camera (Boulder's Newspaper) did move it's operations from Downtown, just like the book said, I guess I should be watching for a new multi-use building :-)

A lot does happen in this story to affect Alan Gregory's family: new neighbors and thoughts of moving from Spanish Hills.
Part novel and part indictment of lawyers and the legal system, Steven Whites latest Alan Gregory adventure tends to drone on and on about the lack of justice in our justice system. His story is analogous of the sexual assault case involving NBA super-jock Kobe Bryant that blazed in the media a few years ago…….and then quietly disappeared from the headlines and our collective memories. White utilizes Boulder detective Sam Purdy as his means of examining the minutiae of the Bryant case and legal ...more
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Stephen White is the author of the New York Times bestselling Alan Gregory novels. In his books, he draws upon over fifteen years of clinical practice as a psychologist to create intriguing plots and complex, believable characters.

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Other Books in the Series

Alan Gregory (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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  • Private Practices (Alan Gregory, #2)
  • Higher Authority (Alan Gregory, #3)
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