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The Program

(Alan Gregory #9)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,366 ratings  ·  151 reviews
They promised you’d be safe. They were wrong.

It started with a convicted killer’s first threat of revenge...“For every precious thing I lose, you lose two”. DA Kirsten Lord saw her husband gunned down before her eyes. Now Kirsten is living in fear, telling her secrets to psychologist Alan Gregory ... and hiding deep in the Witness Protection Program, where every stranger i
Paperback, 441 pages
Published January 2nd 2002 by Dell (first published February 20th 2001)
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Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say this has been the best Alan Gregory book I have read so far. I don't give out five stars often, especially when I have read 10 books in the series so far. I think the most interesting thing about this book is it was written from the point of view of another character and not that of Alan Gregory. I think that is what I like about Stephen White's writing of this series is that he does change it up from time to time and keeps his characters and his stories interesting. I am a huge fa ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Being the therapist of a woman in witness protection brings a whole lot of trouble for Alan and his wife.
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2011

Maeve Maddox, who writes for www.dailywritingtips.com, defines the mystery/thriller/suspense genre as:

mystery: the main character is occupied in tracking down the truth about an event, usually a murder. If the protagonist is in any danger, it is usually moderate, and becomes a problem only as the detective approaches the truth.

thriller: the protagonist is in danger from the outset.

suspense: the main character may become aware of danger only gradually. In a mystery, the reader is exposed to the
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
They promised you'd be safe. They were wrong!

A real page-turner with a twist of suspense of the first order - sinister and scary!
Constructed with the dexterity of a surgeon and the sensitivity of a psychologist, I don't think I've read a better-crafted novel, as yet!
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it
fun read, not exactly pulitzer prize winning writing, but most of the book takes place in Boulder, CO, so it was fun to read and recognize places I've been. ...more
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The Program was featured as a June 2012 Group Read in the Stephen White - Alan Gregory group. I am also having this book meet the Summer 2012 Reading Challenge in the Dare to Dream Group.

The Program meets the following requirement:

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Read a book this summer in which a CHARACTER GETS SHOT

Some favorite parts later in the book:

Immediately my introverted daughter asked Carl, "He's a boy, right? Why doesn't he have any balls?"
Carl looked at Landon with a cr
Amber Galindo
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book by far has been my favorite book this year. It was so captivating from the first page and so hard to put down. I read 200 pages of the book all in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down! If there is a sequel, please let me know because I’d love to read it.
Judy Churchill
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a number of White’s novels and with the exception of “The Siege”, this is the best. I couldn’t put it down. What would you do if you were desperate? If your life and your child’s life were threatened? This book expands common definitions of many things and many people. Definitely worth a read.
Susan Beamon
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read some of the other Alan Gregory books over the years. I've liked them. They make an interesting series. In this book, Dr, Gregory is almost a secondary character, and that makes it even more interesting.
The Witness Protection Program is, for most of us, a big mystery. This is by design, since it hides people from other people who may want to kill them. This is the program from the title. It's there to provide us with a plausible reason for our two principle characters to meet and intera
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent entry in a very good series. I loved the characters in the WITSEC program and their points of view.
Nyah Rust
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personal Response: This book was not really what I expected it was okay though
Plot Summary: Kirsten Lord was the D.A assistant in New Orleans and when she took up a case with a very angry man who threatens her that she will loose everything he does times two, She disregards the remark until She is going to have lunch with Her Husband and He is shot right in front of her by the man wearing chinos and the windbreaker held at a funny angle over his arm. Kirsten and her daughter are put in witness p
Adrienne Campbell
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Stephen White's "Alan Gregory" series. The writing is clear and concise and the characters are people you'd like to get to know. White draws you in to the story by allowing you to see and experience the life of psychologist Alan Gregory's patients.

This time Alan has two new patients both of whom are in the Witness Protection Program. They are not supposed to meet or even be aware of the other.

The first, DA Kristen Lord who has already seen her husband gunned down. She is livin
Jacquelyn Keller
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was really interesting and exciting. It had lots of twists and turns on every page. The plot of the story is about a prosocuter named Kristen whos husband is killed because of a promise a man once made to her. After her husband is killed she is on the run and goes into hiding.
This book is definatly a thriller. I didn't want to put it down. The theme would be things that you've done to other people usually come back to haunt you sometime in life.
Their is rising action throu
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may have been the best Alan Gregory book to date, which is interesting because he is not the primary character. In fact, though the book is primarily first person, it isn't from, his point of view. Alan is called in as a replacement therapist for people in what we think of as the witness protection program. One of his patients, a former prosecuter, is under death threats from a drug dealer she put away. That's par for the course, only her husband was killed in a professional hit and someone ...more
The Program centers on former New Orleans prosecutor forced to enter the Witness Protection Program with her 9-year old daughter following the murder of her husband in the French Quarter. As she watches in horror, she recalls the threat that was made across the defense table, "Remember this, 'every precious thing I lose, you lose two.'" Kirsten Lord and her daughter enter The Program and are relocated to Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Alan Gregory, covering temporarily for a colleague, agrees to conduct ...more
Kristina Faricelli
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All of my friends!
Definitely worth becoming sleep deprived over! Try as I might, I could not find a good spot to stop reading so I could go to bed. I was hooked from page one and just when I thought Kristen couldn't possibly get herself into deeper trouble she proved me wrong.

There's a part in the book (not a spoiler) where I was on the edge of my seat and I wanted to close my eyes so I wouldn't have to read what was going to happen next!!! I believe I woke my husband a couple of times by commentating a little to
Jul 27, 2012 added it
Shelves: my-shelf
This story was so good, about halfway through I couldn't stop reading.
I find it interesting the difference in writing styles. Elvis Cole stories move fast, I am out of breath often. Alan Gregory stories are not as fast paced, yet I am still left short of breath.
I found myself yelling out loud as if my voice could warn the characters, or my advice would be of any use to them. In spite of my inability to help, Dr Gregory and the rest were able to function without me.
I am already dreading reachin
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology, crime
#9 in the Alan Gregory series. The Program (2001) is one of the more memorable entries in the series. Alan treats two members of the Witness Protection program and they will become recurring characters for the next dozen years.

Dr. Alan Gregory is asked to take over a couple of delicate cases temporarily treating members in the Witness Protection Program. Kristen Lord, a Florida prosecutor witnessed the execution of her husband. Her need for protection stems from a threat made by a lowlife she se
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the December BOTM for the Psychological Thrillers group. Though there was no review of it, I am positive that I read this before, but it was just as entertaining this time. The idea of going into the Witness Protection program is rather fascinating--taking a new name, relocating to a different locale--having to remember one's new name--all of this is necessary in some cases, especially, to keep on living. Most of it takes place in Boulder, Colorado--where a number of people are in jeopar ...more
Vannessa Anderson
The Program was different from other Alan Gregory’s series. The story was about a D.A. in the Witness Protection Program and was told from her point of view. Though I enjoyed the story, Alan Gregory played a minor role and his detective friend Sam Purdy’s name was only mentioned. Sandra Burr did a good job in telling the story.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stephen White is adept at creating therapy tension as well as cloak and dagger mayhem concurrently. His stories always put you in a moral predicament while trying to save your or someone else's life and this one was no exception. I got irritated with the whales and the DumDums though. So there is probably a psychological analysis for that.... I would like to hear it, please. ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
fun listening to an audio book based in Boulder, CO - this one about a female defense attorney and her 9 year old daughter placed here in a witness protection program after her husband is killed in front of her in New Orleans.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite authors and series.
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Could not put this book down! This was one of the best in this series. It's about the Witness Protection Program. How many different forces can be out to "get" a Prosecutor? Surprise ending. ...more
Nov 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. This is the first I've read in this series and it can stand alone. The plot involves a DA who is put in the Witness Protection Program after her husband is murdered and her daughter is kidnapped on the orders of a drug lord whom she successfully prosecuted.

I think the characters in the story are what really make the book interesting. A favorite of mine is a former mafia hitman also in the Witness Protection Program. The plot doesn't hurt. There is suspense, partly bec
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Stephen White wonderful thriller, like all his others, but different because it's more of a standalone, rather than an Alan Gregory series continuation. Like some of the best of yesteryear, White's terrific characterizations, locale descriptions and never ending tension, make it "unputdownable"! Dr. Gregory is very much a peripheral character in this novel, and I can say to his fans, it's actually OK, as the characters of Peyton (aka Kirsten) and Carl are bad-ass protagonists, and the in ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another trip with alan gregory and his wife. this time he meets people from the witness protection program (the program). unfortunately one of his patients had been quite vocal against this program for quite some time. then when she was threatened and her husband killed, she and her daughter fled. that wasn't safe either so into witness protection they went. the levels of distrust in this program is crazy. anything else i could say would spoil it for you. i did enjoy it. it's a quick read. ...more
Rogue Reader
The witness protection program brings a young, female Louisiana attorney and an older New Jersey mobster together, a really unbeatable duo. Alan Gregory disapproves but nevertheless, his life as well as the lives of his wife, unborn baby, next door neighbor and the neighbor's son are spared thanks to their collusion. Lots of deliberate therapeutic work that frees the mind and spirit. A good holiday read. ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A former lawyer and her daughter are in Witsec. Alan Gregory becomes her psychiatrist. She is not only in trouble with the man who threatened her but Witsec is not too happy with her because of her criticism of the program. Soon she's running for her life and Alan and his wife get pulled into action.

Suspenseful and interesting.
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