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Dead Time (Alan Gregory #16)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,209 ratings  ·  129 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
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Michael
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...more
Dlora
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
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...more
John
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
Marsha
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.
Simone Sinna
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
Skyqueen
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...more
Mary Ison
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!
Monica
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...more
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
Dawn
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
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Alan Gregory
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...more
Jodi
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
Ed
#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...more
Stephanie
Apr 05, 2008 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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,...more
Judy
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...more
L.
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...more
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...more
Seanna
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
Judy
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!
Cyndyml
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
Melissa
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
Anne Buck
I did not enjoy this book by Stephen White as much as I have enjoyed his other books. The plot was a little too unrealistic for me and a little hard to follow at times. There were several story lines in this book that really didn't have anything to do with each other. I hope the next book I read by this author will be a better story.
Joy
This is a story about a psychologist written by a psychologist. Lots of stories going on. A mystery to solve, missing persons to be found, friendships and marriages to be mended. Setting is Boulder, Co., NYC, and Los Angles, CA
Agnitio Lector
Started off interesting. Then started to slack off for me in intrest. Almost considered to stop reading the book. I pressed on read it all. Reading from the perspective of Alan's exwife I felt like I was reading the mind of one of the women from that show Sex In the City. Around this part it seemed to drag a while for me. Reading about all the bickering between the once married couple. In away this part of the book seemed the most real to life, even though I didn't enjoy it to much. The last hal...more
Kathie
Another Stephen White psycho-thriller that takes place in LA and NYC (White is venturing away from Boulder like he did with "The Seige" at Yale). I realize I missed his middle books and don't know the whole back story of Dr. Alan Gregory's and Sam Purdy's police matter in Frederick, Colorado (where my sister lives--that's why I like the setting of these novels close to home) and Gregory's marital issues that are referred to in "Dead Time". Still doesn't spoil his writing or his storytelling for...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I really like Stephen White's books for good "escape" reading. Not mindless enough to be considered "brain candy." Just quick and exciting. This is the latest in the Alan Gregory series. The books in this series tend to get a bit hyperdramatic, especially near the end, but always fun to read.
This story started off kind of choppy, but after about 100 pages, all the different aspects of the story came together, and I devoured it. Alan Gregory's ex-wife Merideth comes to him for help after the sur...more
Freyja Vanadis
This book series is very similar to Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series - both of their lead characters are therapists/psychologists (Alan Gregory and Alex Delaware), with their best friends being cops (Sam Purdy and Milo Sturgis). But for me, Stephen White's books are easier to read because he structures his sentences correctly, whereas Kellerman leaves me cringing. The only thing I don't like about White's writing style is the way he poses everything into a question. I suppose he's tryin...more
Edward
I debated between 3 and 4 stars for this one. It's a solid book. The characters are very good and the pace is solid and plot is interesting. I think some people might find it a high 4 star kind of book. For me there were two problems. One was that the book is written from multiple points of view, and that didn't work well for me. The best part of the book was a long stretch from one POV. The second thing might not bother most people, but the feelings of the characters seemed forced. They seemed...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.

Born on Long Island, White grew up in New Y...more
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