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Compound Fractures (Alan Gregory #20)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  896 ratings  ·  197 reviews
For more than twenty years, in nearly a score of bestselling crime novels, New York Times bestselling author Stephen White’s stories of Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory have captivated millions of readers. Now Compound Fractures provides a riveting last chapter to the series.

In Line of Fire, the tantalizing prelude to this final book, Dr. Gregory found himself assailed b
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Dutton Adult (first published August 6th 2013)
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Kate
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Lisa Hall
I have felt like a friend of Alan Gregory's for a long time. love vthe first dozen or so books. but as the series progressed, there has been a deepening sense of doom and a pervasive pessimism with Alan' three most significant relationships - Lauren, Diane and Sam. I really hate that the author chose to tear down all of these characters with so little care and introspection - I expected more from an author who was first a practicing psychologist.

Things particularly wrong with this book?
(1) the m
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Karen
Compound Fractures is a disappointing end to a series I've generally enjoyed. White's narrative strained believability, leaving me shaking my head by the book's conclusion. The writing seemed rambling to me, as if the author had no real plan to offer a satisfying conclusion to the series; rather, I felt White was stumbling through a jumble of story lines, looking for one with legs. If White's goal was to annoy readers with peripheral characters and make Alan Gregory so unlikable that I no longer ...more
Barbara
After having read through the whole series at least twice before this book, I was very happy to be finally reading this book, but also sad to see the series ending. I was a little let down by the ending. I wanted some resolution about all the major characters, especially Diane. The ending seemed to rather precipitously happen - one moment, we're in the middle of a plot and action, and then it all seems, too easily & abruptly, to just end. Another chapter or two could have provided resolution ...more
Jen
Aug 12, 2013 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Compound Fractures is the final installment of the Dr. Alan Gregory series. I looked forward to this one, but have to admit I found much of the book so tinged with bitterness that I have to wonder what was going on when White wrote it.

I missed the previous book, Line of Fire, which set up the action in this one; however, the one before that, The Last Lie, didn't please me much either. Since I had enjoyed so many of the books in this series, I hate to have it end on a sour note.

Betrayals. Charact
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Nancy
Disappointing ending to a series I have consistently enjoyed. I liked the previous book-- it was a great setup for a smashing finish, building up a head of steam, but then White throws everything but the kitchen sink into the book, and it's kind of a muddle. Many critical characters barely appear. People and plots from previous books cycle in and out with no resolution. And worst of all -- the book is seriously overwritten, with Alan Gregory ruminating on trust and walking on high wires and ethi ...more
Laura
Wow, I was all over the board with my feelings on this. It's always a shame to have a good series come to an end, but this was kind of rough. I almost gave up in disgust for the first 150 pages or so, then hit a groove, then was disappointed in the end. Like many other reviewers I had real problems with established characters acting completely OUT of character for large portions of this book. It's a testament to White's writing and my goodwill toward his characters that I stayed with this one an ...more
Suspense Magazine
The twentieth book of the Alan Gregory series is a multilayered finale for therapist Gregory and his detective friend, Sam Purdy. The challenge of a series is balancing the long-term story arcs with each individual novel’s plot, and for the last book, the reader expects at least some of the series-long arcs to have a sense of closure. “Compound Fractures” takes a different approach.
There are two main plots. A crime Gregory helped cover-up years before seems about to bubble to the surface during
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Mickey Hoffman
The author tried to create suspense by being vague? The result was much of the time I didn't fully understand what was going on. I'd read several books in this series but didn't fully recall the histories of all the characters. Names were used without real explanation and the main character seemed to be a totally different person from the one I knew from earlier books. Most striking, I disliked him and most of the other characters. This, coupled with the constant dangling threads, made me almost ...more
Matt
In White's series finale, he addresses many of the threads left dangling in Line of Fire, as well as developing new ones to astonish the reader. Part two of the series finale has as many nuances as any other Alan Gregory book, but increases the intensity exponentially.This final journey into the lives of Sam Purdy and Alan Gregory forces them to deal with the fallout of their deepest secret, a murder they felt could be chalked up to suicide, and new avenues related to the crime. As the novel pro ...more
Ruth
I had read some books earlier in the series, and was looking forward to this book, the last in the series. I did find it hard to remember all the characters, and this story did little to remind me of their shared history with the main character. For example, I did not seem to get an explanation of the children's ages, or how they came to fit into the household.

The main characters seem to have changed; they have done and condoned actions that I did not expect. It was difficult to feel engaged wit
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Herzog
Some readers seem upset that all loose ends were not tidied up in this final installment of the Alan Gregory series. I actually take some solace in that fact seeing it as an opportunity for White to resume the series if he should choose to do so (like Rankin with Rebus). I mostly enjoyed the book though I thought it overwrought - too much crying, virtually all of the characters from the series appeared at some point, Jonas being too precocious. When it came time to tie up the loose ends, I thoug ...more
Alice
There were so many old plot lines and old characters brought into this novel that I spent much of the time going, "Oh, yeah, I remember that. Was that six books ago, or was it five?" The protagonist, psychologist Alan Gregory, spends time being sad, mad, and horny. We got to revisit lots of women from Alan's past, all of whom still wanted to jump his bones. There were several bad guys, most of whom were defused "off camera" through no action of Alan's. I was disappointed in this book because it ...more
Skyqueen
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Gatorman
A generally satisfying conclusion to the Alan Gregory series. A few too many plot contrivances for my liking and an ending that could have been more, but the story moved along nicely and the developments with Alan's late wife Lauren are rather interesting and unexpected. I will be sad to see the characters go.
Dlora
It seems appropriate that Stephen White's last novel about Dr. Alan Gregory should be a psychological thriller. The suspense is high but revolves around being in criminal jeopardy rather than physical jeopardy. Dr. Gregory mentions the compound fracture of his heart beginning with the death of his wife Lauren who was shot, as related in the book before this one. Actually, the fracturing in Alan's life involves almost every one of his relationships, other than his children, whom he desperately lo ...more
Gloria Feit
After a couple of decades, this series draws to a conclusion. It picks up from events that took place in the penultimate book in the series, “Line of Fire,” in which Dr. Alan Gregory’s wife, Lauren, was shot by his friend and partner. Floundering in his personal and professional life, Dr. Gregory begins to learn disquieting information which threatens his ability to function and protect his family.

Consequently, Gregory begins to question the people around him, and starts looking at them with mis
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Nancy
Great book. Quite the finale. Full of suspense, intricately plotted storylines, and the unexpected twists and turns. Love to know who it was at the end........ I think Izza, how about you????

In Line of Fire, the tantalizing prelude to this final book, Dr. Gregory found himself assailed by danger from every direction as he struggled with circumstances beyond his control. Authorities were closing in on Alan and his friend Sam Purdy for their role in a woman’s death years earlier. Alan was struggli
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Janice
I was anxious to read this book, but also somewhat reluctant to start it, knowing it was the last in a series that I have enjoyed so much. And I ended up having very mixed feeling about how the author chose to conclude this saga. After so many struggles to maintain his personal ethical boundaries as a clinical psychologist, and through many interactions with his wife and best friend, Alan Gregory seemed to have lost much of his integrity by the end of the series. I was left with the sense that S ...more
Valerie
This is the last of the Alan Gregory series of books, as stated by the author, Stephen White (a pseudonym) and I have to say that there were quite a few exciting parts and mysteries in the story; however, I was rather disappointed with the last few chapters. I think that the tragedy of 9/11/01 has been written about almost to the point of over-saturation, and I think the author could have used some other historical event, actual or fictional, to end the series. I also really didn't care too much ...more
Nancy
Lauren: Before-I hated her as Alan's wife, thought she was a shrew & a horrible woman. After-This book managed to make me hate.her.even.more.
Diane & Raoul: Before-Self-centered couple. After- Really???
Sam: Before- Patronizing jerk. After- Same
Alan: Before- Great guy, always tries his best, puts up with too much from his friends & family. After- Too much over analyzing. Move on! Didn't like how his unknown choice at the end was dismissed by Sam as automatically wrong. Dump the losers
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Mel
well...it's over :(. the last of my favorite psychological/crime novel series. So pissed during the 1st half as the character's dark sides were revealed & what always was started to change. by the end the brilliance of the ending was more than I ever thought an ending of a beloved series could be. I don't want to throw out spoiler alerts to future readers of this book so I will leave my review vague and just say it was wonderful and totally got me twisted. I thought I had it figured out but ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Compound Fractures brought lots of characters back, some of whom we haven't seen or heard from in a long time. It was a really nice conclusion, but it won't rank among my favorites like Dry Ice, Kill Me, Higher Authority and The Siege.

I've enjoyed reading the Alan Gregory books since moving to Boulder. It has been a fun experience to read a mystery/thriller series set in the city I live in. It's been fun to meet the author at Chautauqua. I haven't rad the entire series yet, so luckily I have mor
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Kyle  Uniss
**Spoiler alert** I've read all the Alan Gregory books, and this one was just okay. It seems like he is forcing the issue, making his characters fit where he wants them to go instead of letting their stories end so he can start a new series. The bad guy from the last few books, who has been orchestrating scariness from prison, is suddenly out of the picture because of a stroke?! And suddenly Lauren's big bad work nemesis is playing really dirty? And 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden play a part in the wh ...more
Susan A DeeseRoberts
Great Ending to Series

it's always sad to read the final book in a series you love. All too often it's a disappointing ending -- a contrived attempt to tie up all loose ends, a death, or a cliffhanger that leaves you frustrated. Stephen White does a marvelous job of further developing characters and relationships in this final book in the Alan Gregory series. Alan and Sam have to dig deep to discover the depths of their relationship. Alan does lots of soul searching. There are interesting revelat
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Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review
2 1/2 Stars
Disappointed

In the final book of the Dr. Alan Gregory series, we're bored with White trotting out a myriad of old patients and series characters, all conspiring as part of the series denouement. The first half of the story is comprised of he-said she-said recall of events, just to bring readers up to speed on the characters White deploys. Somewhere around page 70, I said, "This better get better." It didn't until half the way through the book. Then there appeared to be
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Jenn S.
For a final installment of a very long running series I found this book somewhat of a let down. It felt separated from the others in how the characters didn't seem to flow from the previous books to this one. I found myself with that raised eyebrow wondering "Why?" several times to what the characters did or said. Aside from that the writing is well done, engaging and entertaining. Overall the book is an enjoyable read and well worth the time spent wrapping up all the lose ends.
Carole Anderson
Stephen White is one of my favorite authors; I've read all his books. I enjoyed this book a lot, although I also had sad feelings while I reading it realizing it is the last time I will get to be part of Alan Gregory's life. I have so enjoyed his adventures and this was no exception. I am always on the edge of my seat, always not able to put the book down and always sad when it is over. I am truly sad, now. It was a masterful journey of words - loved it!
Lola Snyder
I have stuck with Alan Gregory through the years and have loved every minute of it. In this book and the last I was heart broken at how the mistakes of others and personal mistakes were catching up and overwhelming Alan. I wanted so much for this to have a satisfactory ending for the kids, Sam and Alan, but I was left wanting in the end. That said I still loved the book and couldn't put it down. I don't know what I was hoping for. Sad.
Gwenn
Bloated, pretentious and about twice as long as it needed be to sustain suspense. Alan Gregory has become grandiose and way too pompous to make me care about what happens next. Maybe Mr. White needs to come up with a new protagonist for his next book and purge Alan Gregory altogether.
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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.

Born on Long Island, White grew up in New Y
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