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Dry Ice (Alan Gregory #15)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  2,149 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews

Psychopath Michael McClelland escapes from a mental hospital to exact revenge against those responsible for his confinement, including psychologist Alan Gregory and his family. McClelland has the upper hand-secrets from Alan's past that set a diabolical game in motion.

Kindle Edition, 518 pages
Published (first published 2007)
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Stephen White is a really excellent writer. This book in the series continues developing Dr. Gregory's character and relationship with his family and friends. It is more a psychological than an action thriller, though there are still dead bodies, suspense and tension, and a crazy killer. I liked the psychological term sublimation, which means taking a traumatic life-shattering event in your life and changing it into something positive that you can live with. I thought Dry Ice was going to be abo ...more
Jan C
Dec 29, 2011 Jan C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2011
I've had the hardcover on my shelf for years. But, driving home from Christmas this year I reached back into the bag of audio books I carry in the car and pulled this one out. I didn't even remember I had it.

I enjoyed it. It harked back to the first book so I was willing to read it out of order. Since I'm still stuck on #3, Higher Authority.



Re-listened to this one on my way back from NC - by the way, that tr
Oct 01, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My hate for Lauren grows. There is a surprising death, which then alters the family dynamic for the Gregory family.
Iowa City Public Library
Alan Gregory’s life seems to be falling apart. He’s drinking too much. His wife is distant. A patient of his psychiatric practice has just hanged herself, and he bungled the sessions enough not to even realize her gender. A psychopath he’d helped put away years before has escaped, and seems to be stalking him.

You know where this is going, don’t you? A scary, drawn out conclusion, probably in a dark basement, cherry-on-topped with some extreme and innovative violence, right? Well, no. The psychop
Dec 18, 2010 KarenC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to KarenC by: series

IMHO, not one of White's better books in the series; the worst I've read yet. The plot has the potential for real pulse-quickening suspense, but for some reason White chooses to kill it with over-analysis. This book reminds us that White is a psychologist at every possible turn, almost like going with White to his own mental health caretaker. There is too much angst over each situation, too much repetitive agonizing over "secrets," too much repetitive description of the beautiful Boulder, CO sce

Jul 28, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books-read
Alan Gregory is a Colorado Psychologist with something to hide. In Dry Ice, it is not long before his past and the secrets he has been hiding gegin to surface. When one of Alan's former patients escapes from The Colorado State Mental Hospital things heat up for Alan Gregory.

At the same time, Alan's wife Lauren is a Boulder, Colorado prosecutor assigned to a high profile and sensitive grand jury investigation, where the key witness has vanished. When Alan finds the woman's Coach handbag in his ya
Jun 12, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Stephen White book I've read, but it certainly won't be the last. I really, really enjoyed it and found it wonderfully unpredictable (hard to find anymore in mysteries it seems) and real as well. I always like to find a favorite line or passage in a book -- one that just jumps out at me. In this book it was this passage:
"Teresa used exclamation points as though she'd won a life-time supply on a game show. She thought she'd never run out. By contrast, I lived life as though I'd
Michelle Meckley
Mar 03, 2009 Michelle Meckley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of this author b/f and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked his writing. this is the 2nd book in this series and in the begin it seemed I was going to be lost on the plot but White did good job of incorporating both stories so i could follow
Dr Alan Gregory is a psych who patients seem to die and family and friends are in bunches of trouble all at the hand of a sociopathic mastermind Michael Mclaelland this psycho is out to get revenge on this doctor and does so is the
Jan 31, 2008 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been a while since I had read this one and when I started to read the next in the series, I decided to re-read this one to refresh my memory on what was going on with the main characters.

This was the most recent of the Dr. Alan Gregory mystery novels. I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the previous ones however I love this series! They are based in Boulder and it's fun reading about places I know.
Jan 24, 2009 Forgetfulone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
A great psychological thriller, overall. The beginning is somewhat slow and focuses too much on secrets. That part is rather repetitive. It picks up, though, and gets into a complex tale with a villain from one of White's prior novels. The author skillfully shows the reader why he titled his book Dry Ice, not for one, but two reasons. There are some surprises, as one expects from White. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sep 25, 2008 Ginny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
An Alan Gregory novel. Alan is accused of murder, Lauren is having trouble with her MS, and one of Alan's first and most dangerous patients has escaped from care. Could life get any more complicated for Dr. Gregory. Stephen White does a good job of keeping us guessing and dealing with all of Alan's angst.
I like Stephen White because his books are set in Colorado and it's nice to read about familiar places. The stories are always intriguing, but I was expecting a bit more grit in this one. The story was more of a psychological thriller. The twist at the end seemed out of place since it had nothing to do with the main storyline. But still, a good summer read.
May 08, 2008 Ryane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sara Wright
Jul 29, 2008 Sara Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen White is my favorite mystery writer. He is a psychologist who lives in Boulder, CO, and so I can relate to both the profession and the location. He weaves characters with thrill to create a story that you can't put down.
Mar 17, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen White is my favorite crime/mystery/psychological thriller writer. A character in the series has MS, which helps with the situations I face in reality. Very good books. You must start at the beginning to enjoy the series.
Feb 05, 2009 Luan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen White manages to craft suspense fiction that's wonderfully crafted in language and description. I always listen to suspense on tape so I can clean house at the same time and I'll hear something read and think, wow, he's a really good writer.
Sep 07, 2008 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As per the title... "dry." This was a mystery book club... book. If I had not read another book by White, I would probably would never read him again but Kill Me is one of my favorites... so I'll try him again.
Jun 25, 2008 Stefani added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone that just likes a book for fun
This book is just pure fun. Has all of the elements I love - psychology, murder, suicide, transgender, illness, children, dogs - and all in the setting of Boulder, CO.
Not the best in the series. A bit disjointed, and Alan is getting cranky pants.
Stephen White continues to amaze with me with the intricate plots, exciting twists and turns in each book--I will definitely keep reading this series.
Apr 11, 2009 Sally/Aymster54 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen White is always good for a light, enjoyable plot, especially when I'm in a book slump. The stories are not too deep, but fun to read just the same.
Alison Coffey
My favorite Stephen White book so far. Probably because it had the most angst.
Gentleman Farmer
Dry Ice by Stephen White, features his protagonist, Alan Gregory. I think I've read an Alan Gregory novel once before, though it was several years ago.

Alan Gregory is a psychologist, and in the novels he uses his psychological expertise to unravel mysteries. It sounds from this that perhaps he uses psychology tricks to catch criminals, but it's fascinating in that it's much more the passive, therapeutic approach he takes that permits him to listen, encourage confidences and piece together the
May 23, 2008 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Stephen White and his continuing psychologist character, Alan Gregory. I’ve read and enjoyed all of his books. A quick aside note: Dr. Alan Gregory is a psychologist in Boulder, Colorado where he also lives with his wife and daughter. Stephen White actually lives in Denver (he previously lived in Boulder) and so he weaves local locations and flavors into his books. It’s a lot of fun, especially for me, having grown up so near Boulder, being able to identify many of the places he talks abo ...more
Phyllis Sommers
Another novel in the Dr. Alan Gregory series and, as such, another portrayal of the somewhat glib clinical psychologist at a time when he and his wife are experiencing marital problems. Dr. Gregory and his wife, Assistant D.A. Lauren, are more than dismayed to learn that an old nemesis, Michael McClelland, has escaped from the psychiatric facility to which he'd been committed after being convicted of murder and, in addition, the attempted murders of the Gregorys and their dear friend, police det ...more
I liked this; the main character is Dr. Alan Gregory, a psychologist who finds himself in the middle of a mystery with many of the clues pointing directly towards himself. While his wife does not seem to be a sympathetic character to me, I love his friend, Sam Purdy who is also a cop and is always in the thick of things. I wish I would have read the book instead of listened to this on audio as I sometimes found the narrator distracting with his interpretations of the characters. I got the impres ...more
Jan 27, 2008 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller/mystery readers
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Contemporary cerebral thrillers don't get much better than bestseller White's 15th novel (after Kill Me), which deftly combines complex characterization and intricate plotting. White's debut novel, Privileged Information, introduced Boulder, Colo., psychologist Alan Gregory and the clever but deadly Michael McClelland, a former meteorologist turned killer, whose rampage almost cost Gregory and his wife, Lauren, their lives. In this sequel, while Lauren, a lo
Nov 14, 2011 Jody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This one started out slow for me. I mean real slow, slow as in I read three other books while I was reading this one but then over half way through it took off. I had read only one Stephen White novel before so I as semi-familiar with the characters but from the book jacket there was a prequel sometime in the past that I haven't read so that might be why this one seemed so slow. I don't know, I cannot really put my finger on why this book didn't do it for me, (surely if you have read enough book ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A psychological thriller featuring yet another brilliant crazed killer. This one escapes from a mental hospital, where he had been placed instead of prison, and goes after the psychologist who was instrumental in his capture. That psychologist is Alan Gregory. This story follows another I have not read but I don't think you need to read the previous books to get into this one.

I'm a little tired of the genius mur
Feb 19, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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)
  • Privileged Information (Alan Gregory, #1)
  • Private Practices (Alan Gregory, #2)
  • Higher Authority (Alan Gregory, #3)
  • Harm's Way (Alan Gregory, #4)
  • Remote Control (Alan Gregory, #5)
  • Critical Conditions (Alan Gregory, #6)
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