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Dead Time (Alan Gregory #16)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,521 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
After the shocking developments in Dry Ice, Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory is struggling to deal with his newly adopted son and repair his shaky, though generally improving, marriage. But then Alan s ex-wife, Merideth, reappears, seeking help she feels only Alan can give. Suddenly Alan is pulled into a mystery that reaches back years to a camping trip at the Grand Cany ...more
Published March 4th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published March 1st 2008)
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Jun 01, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was my first foray into this series, and I was told that I'd be okay if I didn't start with the first. I liked it. It was written from three points-of-view... Alan Gregory (a psychologist and the protagonist of the series); his ex-wife, Merideth; and a third person voice that describes a happening at the Grand Canyon's Phantom Ranch a few years previously that becomes the crux of the story. Each of the numerous characters have backstories and difficulties they're coping with along with the ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I thought this was a bit too long-winded and nowhere near as much fun to get through as the previous two in the series, I've given it a four-star rating as it was very thought provoking. Concentrating on Alan and Lauren's "separation" to follow their individual duties, it definitely showed White's experience as a psychologist in facing relationship issues.

The story itself was interesting but inconsequential to the series in my opinion and progressed very slowly, with a strange timeline
The latest in Stephen White’s Alan Gregory series of novels continues his recent trend of shifting between multirple perspectives among the various protagonists, always settling and centering on Boulder pysychologist Gregory.

“Dead Time” weaves together three perspectives as it slowly unravels the mystery of what happened years before when some friends camped out on the floor of the Grand Canyon. A woman disappeared under strange circumstances and has never been found since. What happened to her
Another good book by Stephen White with excellent writing, interesting plot, action-filled conclusions. I noticed how much the main characters liked children and tried to be good parents. I think they also value marriage, although White is realistic about the stresses and ups and downs that occur in a marriage. This book, as a counter thread to the mystery, is dealing with a low time in Dr. Gregory's marriage and his admission that "I . . . um . . . have made some mistakes. I've been distant. An ...more
Carol Hunter
May 18, 2008 Carol Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen White continues to be my favorite Colorado author.
I love how White continues with the storyline, but deviates from the standard series formulas by presenting each new novel in ever more creative style. His character development is outstanding.

In the beginning of Dead Time his protagonist, Alan Gregory, has added a new son to his family and his wife travels to the Netherlands to locate a daughter she gave up for adoption.

Dead Time weaves between New York, Boulder and LA. We meet his ex-w
Oct 22, 2009 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars indicates I that think this book was OK. The story thankfully picks up in the last quarter of the book but for the most part I really didn't enjoy this book at all. The book is about the disappearance of a girl in the Grand Canyon several years earlier and how it somehow ties to a missing surrogate mother in present day. The narration bounces back and forth between Alan Gregory (White's usual central character) and his ex-wife, Meredith, to give different views of the same story. Unfor ...more
I liked the changes of scenery that occurred in this book, (from Boulder to NY to LA to the Grand Canyon) but was not a fan of the way the point of view kept switching between Alan Gregory and his ex-wife. Also, after reading several in this series I've also now come to understand that I don't find many of the women characters very likable and can't help but wonder if the author feels the same way about them. Or maybe he likes them just fine and he and I just differ as to what makes them interes ...more
Mark Kennedy
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I am a great fan of this series. Although the main character is Dr Alan Gregory, the stories do not always revolve around him nor are they always written in the same voice or format. This time, Dr Gregory is drawn into the life of his ex wife and her fiancée. He is also dealing with problems in his marriage and adjusting to family changes. Most enjoyable.
Alan Mills
Sep 29, 2015 Alan Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Another excellent entry in the Alan Gregory series. This time, everyone gets out of Boulder. Alan goes to New York and LA, his wife goes to Denmark, his son goes to the Hampton's, and his (suspended) cop friend goes to LA and the Grand Canyon. The mysteries are equally spread apart: disappearances and potential murders today are intertwined with disappearance(s) and potential murders of years earlier in the Grand Canyon.

As usual, White keeps the plot moving, with new suspects, revelations, and p
Simone Sinna
Aug 26, 2014 Simone Sinna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author was clearly experimenting – and it works. We jump between a tale in the Grand Canyon to current time between Alan and his ex, with different POV that keep out interest. As does the Canon story (I had done this walk so that really added to my enjoyment). In the background his wife’s story develops, and adds to me finding it very annoying that these aren’t all on kindle, and hard to work out what order they are in! Plenty of Alan Gregory at his best- as well as nearly being at his worst ...more
May 09, 2014 Skyqueen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You keep pulling off layers in this one. Alan gets stretched pretty thin from one coast to another.
He's always coming up with these gems of observation that somehow you can relate to, such as: "Sometimes something happens even when nothing happens. Other times nothing happening is exactly what it sounds like. I have a friend in the mental-health field who would tell me that at times it can be difficult to tell those two things apart". Odd isn't it??
But what I really want to know is does a love
Mary Ison
Aug 13, 2014 Mary Ison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually like mysteries or thrillers, but I loved this, probably because of the Western/Boulder/Grand Canyon setting and the occupation of the main character, a psychologist. There are many books in the Jeffery Archer series and I happened to start with this one, which is not the first. If I knew how much I would like it, I'd have made an effort to start at the beginning, which is what I'm doing now. I feel like a middle school kid who has just discovered an exciting and lengthy series!
Jan 16, 2013 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the character Dr Alan Gregory enough that I may read the other books about him, hopefully in order now. I just grabbed this book off my shelf and read it not aware this isn't the first book with Alan Gregory in it. I can't make a comparison about previous books with him but I can say I like this book well enough to try them out.

Lisa is a woman chosen to be a surrogate mother for Alan's ex-wife, Meredith. When she goes missing, Meredith seeks Alan's help. A Grand Canyon trip from the past
Carl Alves
In Dead Time, Dr. Alan Gregory is trying to adjust to his new life with his newly adopted son, when his ex-wife turns up asking for Alan’s help in finding the woman who is supposed to be the surrogate mom for her. This disappearance is linked to a camping trip at the Grand Canyon that happened years earlier when another woman had gone missing. As what usually happens in these novels, Alan turns to his friend and detective Sam Purdy. They interview the participants of this camping trip and find t ...more
May 07, 2009 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
I love Stephen White. I think he's a great writer, has an interesting continuing character, and I love the fact that he's a local author (Denver, CO). His continuing character, Alan Gregory, is a clinical psychologist who seems to always find himself in a pickle. It's not usually a funny pickle like Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovitch's series (which I also love), but a pickle nonetheless. His side characters are very strong, including Sam Purdy, one of my favorite side characters in any book. Sa ...more
May 29, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
SETTING: Boulder, Colorado; New York
SERIES: #16 of 16
RATING: 3.75

To say that Dr. Alan Gregory's world is in a state of upheaval is an understatement. Still reeling from the death of his close friend and neighbor, Adrienne, he finds himself facing many emotional demands. Alan's ex-wife, Merideth, attends the memorial service for Adrienne. Although she was Adrienne's friend, she has an ulterior motive for being there. She and her fiancé have been working with a young woman
Mar 12, 2013 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wild ride from start to finish. Alan is having a rough time. His best friend is dead, leaving him with guardianship of her son, a fact that her brother is unhappy about. His wife is taking their daughter to Holland to try to locate the daughter she gave up for adoption. And then his ex-wife calls. She and her fiance are using a surrogate and the surrogage is missing. Can Alan help? In a case that shows just how small a world it really is, there are many interconnected people in this s ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
#16 in the Alan Gregory series. I wasn't thrilled with the reappearance of ex-wife Meredith, I felt she had worn out her welcome tears ago. When she wants Alan to track down her surrogate and that leads to an extended trip down memory lane to a Grand Canyon trip taken by the surrogate when Meredith's fiance Eric and the surrogate were in college together. Confused yet? Do you care about these people?
White, however, is a skillful author, and manages to pull an average novel out of this.

Alan Grego
Apr 05, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, esp people who like Grafton
Shelves: one-night-stands
I love Stephen White. Last week, listening to an interview with Jonathan Kellerman, the uniqueness of a series with a protagonist who was a shrink, written by a shrink, was emphasized. I was in the car yelling at the radio "what about Stephen White?" and I realize that despite some success, his works are overlooked WAY too much.

I love his books for lines like these:

(In musing on the nature of a dream and what he tells his patients about the nature of dreams): "Dreams are poetry about your life,
Jan 29, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I had read this a number of years ago, but wasn't sure. Either that or the plot was like another one of his books. Either way, this was an intriguing mystery, although you really need an index card to keep track of the characters at the beginning, because they crop up again later and then you wonder if you remembered stuff correctly.

Stephen White's books are better read in order, but if you've never read them you can start here and work either backwards or forwards.

Alan Gregory, the mai
Dec 23, 2012 Cat. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe I've missed a book. Or something. I was very confused about where this picks up the timeline of Dr. Gregory's life.

However, this books finds both the doctor and his cop friend not working due to emotional issues. Sam is on administrative leave--or something--from the police force. Alan is coping with the death of an old and very close friend, the 'inheritance' of her son and her pushy brother, and a startling distance in his relationship with his wife. In the midst of all this, his ex
Albert Riehle
I first read this author in what I expect may be his best work. The result may be an unfairly high set bar. I didn't really like the second book of his that I read. This was the third. This was to be the decider as to whether I continue reading on. I've decided I will.

This book wasn't nearly as good as Kill Me. It wasn't nearly as bad as the second of his books I've read. It had potential. It was a fast read. It was compelling. It's well written for the most part. In fact I really liked this bo
Psychologist Alan Gregory has been contacted by his ex-wife, Meredith. She asked that Alan discreetly contact his police friend, Sam, to help find a young woman, Lisa, who is a surrogate for Meredith and her fiancee, Eric. The pregnant Lisa has disappeared without a trace and Lisa shares a past with Eric. Years ago on a hiking trip into the Grand Canyon a fellow backpacker went missing and was never seen again. Although questioned by the police at the time the hikers were unable to shed any ligh ...more
I think I have read almost all of the Alan Gregory stories by this point. There might be a few floating around that I've missed, but by and large I've gone through all of them. I would have actually given this one 3.5 stars but there's no way to do that on Good Reads, is there? I enjoyed it, but I found I didn't really care that much about most of the characters. Alan's ex-wife is a particularly unpleasant, admittedly self-absorbed sort. I did like the "her ex" "his ex" preface to the chapters. ...more
Feb 01, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen White does it again! The set-up of this novel is different than his others. It involves Gregory's ex-wife, Merideth--in fact, there is a great deal of her in the story and very little of his current wife. Also Sam Purdy puts in an appearance to assist Alex Gregory. I'm so glad that a friend of mine told me about White's books. I've been slowly making my way through the series and feel as though I know the characters. Great read!
Jan 10, 2013 Cyndyml rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very fast read - I read it in one day while recovering from the flu, which is not exactly when my brain is working great. The book is written from the points of view of two people who are divorced from each other. Some authors are very good at having writing from the point of view of different characters, others are not. I think Stephen White needs a bit more practice writing from a female point of view. HIs Meridith sounds like a character imagined by a man who doesn't know women well; she so ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Dr. Gregory has been asked by his ex-wife to investigate the disappearance of a woman who, as a surrogate, is carring her child. The investigation takes him to California in search of answers relating to an long past hiking trip to the Grand Canyon and a missing woman on that trip. I liked the references to the concept of "dead time". Some of them had to do with a mechanism a therapist uses to solicite answers from those unwilling to talk. The therapist asks a question but then sits and allows " ...more
Catherine Woodman
I am still sorting out how I feel about the style of this book. I liked the change in narrator, with the different perspectives that it allowed the story to tell, and I think the writing is good (especially for the genre)--I wasn't crazy about the linkage of a current case to the past, because in the end it seemed like a big leap for this to have been connected the way it was. The part of the story that I liked from a socio-cultural standpoint was the story of the illegal immigrant and the situa ...more
Christina Simons
Feb 22, 2016 Christina Simons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series about a psychologist in Boulder who helps his friend solve crimes. If you like Kellerman's Alex Delaware series, I'm sure you'd like this series, too. This one turned out to be one of my favorites in the series.
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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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