Dead Time

Dead Time

by Stephen White

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A woman from Alan Gregory's past draws him into a deadly mystery in this exhilarating thriller from New York Times bestselling author Stephen White.

Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory is struggling to repair his insecure marriage when he makes an unexpected connection with the past. His ex-wife Merideth needs his help. She claims that the surrogate mother of her unborn child has vanished without a trace—a mystery with unnerving connections to the disappearance of another young woman several years earlier at the base of the Grand Canyon. As new demons, old betrayals, and unknown enemies surface, Alan unearths a series of secrets someone will kill to keep buried, and deceptions that will forever change his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451223777
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Series: Alan Gregory Series , #16
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 507,653
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen White is a clinical psychologist and the New York Times bestselling author of the Alan Gregory novels. He lives in Colorado.



Date of Birth:

August 20, 1951

Place of Birth:

Long Island, New York


B.A., UC Berkeley, 1972; M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1975; Ph.D., 1979

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"Hypnotically absorbing."
-Orlando Sentinel

"Moves at light speed."
-Midwest Book Review

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Dead Time 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
JoyceOK More than 1 year ago
I discovered Stephen White last summer and purchased all the early Dr. Alan Gregory books. What a writer and what a character! White keeps it fast paced and interesting better than anyone I've read lately. He keeps the storyline clean and crisp from book to book. His plots and supporting characters are very well developed. I have caught up with Mr. White now and am anxiously awaiting the release of The Siege in August. Try this writer after some of your favorite authors produce novels that are lame and stale. I'm so glad I did!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Years ago, a group of college students hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon one morning at the bottom, they met Nicholas Paulson who was looking for his girlfriend Jaana Peek, who was in the United States on a Visa. She had disappeared so the group searched for her with three of them leaving the Canyon including Eric and Lisa who could not participate in the rescue effort. Years later Lisa agreed to be the surrogate mother for Eric and his fiancée Meredith, former wife of psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory. Meredith turns to Alan when Lisa disappears with her fetus growing inside her. Alan, who is recovering from his DRY ICE escapade, is in New York with his stepson Jonas, prepared to take him back home if his visit with his dead mother Adrienne¿s estranged family proves too traumatic. However, he agrees to help his former wife and starts with a friend¿s daughter who was part of the Grand Canyon incident years ago. Every clue from the past that he uncovers proves very relevant to the present, but Alan remains ignorant that someone is watching his progress to insure he never learns the truth before that occurs this stalker will do to Alan what happened to Jaana. --- The latest Alan Gregory thriller is an exhilarating action-packed tale in which a dark past spreads its tentacles into the present. The protagonist is just starting to get his life together as he deals with a new stepson whose uncle protests his having custody of his nephew and a shaky marriage. However, when Meredith asks for his aid, his conscience makes him say yes. Although the plot moves at light speed, it is the strong characterizations that make this a special read. --- Harriet Klausner
MsPumpkin More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was interesting in the beginning to the end. I couldnt put the book down...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funnily enough both Jonathan Kellerman and Stephen White released new novels within weeks of each other. They both are clinical psychologists in real life as are their protagonist. White's character Alan Gregory practices psychology in Boulder, Colorado. His sidekick is Detective Sam Purdy. Sam is on suspension for offences committed during the last case Alan and he worked on. Gregory's wife Lauren suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. The mysteries that White writes about are fascinating, but so are the interpersonal relationships of the main charaters, particulary between Lauren and Alan. This book is a bit of a departure from previous books in the series. Lauren and Sam do not figure as predominantly. Instead every other chapter is from the standpoint of Alan's ex wife Merideth, who has remarried. Her new husband Eric and five friends were involved in a tragedy that happened in the Grand Canyon years ago. One of the five is also the child of a fellow psychologist. Meredith asks for Sam and Alan's help to locate a surrogate mother that they have engaged. She has disappeared. There may be a connection between the two incidents. Alan's personal life is also undergoing great stress. I found it interesting to explore Meredith's character a bit more. This novel seemed to overdo the personal introspection a bit. Some of the story surrounding the Grand Canyon event is a bit convoluted. I was a little hard pressed to find all of Alan's support of Meredith believable. Nonetheless, Dead Time is still a great read.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I enjoy about White's Alan Gregory thrillers is that I get as interested in the personal problems of the main characters as I do about the threat that is keeping them on the run. In this installment the personal problems include a shaky patch in Alan's marriage, his wife deciding to go to Europe to find the daughter she gave up for adoption, and the transition of Alan adopting the son of his neighbor and dear friend who was recently killed in a bombing while abroad--an adoption that her family is not so sure about. Meanwhile Alan's ex-wife Meredith suddenly re-appears in his life, with a request that he help her find the surrogate mother who is carrying her child for her--and has suddenly gone missing. Somehow Alan manages to handle all that is thrown at him and survive to star in another adventure. Fans of fast paced thrillers with complex plots and interpersonal drama as well as physical threats should lap this one up like warm milk.
Pam1960ca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love all Stephen White books. They are probably best read in the chronological order as they are all about Dr. Allen Gregory. 'Dead Time' was an excellent read.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Psychologist is asked by his ex-wife to help her find the missing surrogate who is carrying her baby. She secretly believes that her fiance has something to do with it since they were together on a camping trip years before when a girl went missing.
LBM007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've liked other books in the Alan Gregory series but this one not so much. My main complaints were: 1) It was hard to grasp what was going on at the beginning because two stories - one about a bunch of 20-somethings hiking in the Grand Canyon and the other about psychologist Alan Gregory - are told in alternating chapters. Exactly how these stories relate was not clear until several chapters in. 2) Several of the characters are oddly developed. Kanyn's sole purpose for being in the book, for example, seems to be so the author could use the term trichotillomania. 3) Alan Gregory¿s marital issues perhaps make sense if one has read the preceding book in the series (I have not), but otherwise it¿s hard to grasp why he is putting the moves on every woman he meets while his wife, Lauren, is practically absent from the book, having embarked on a trip to Europe.
bigorangemichael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 and the impact it had on the friendships of those on the trip plays a significant role for the rest of the novel.The other threads slip back and forth between first-person perspective of Alan and his ex-wife Meredith. Meredith comes back into Alan¿s wife when she attends a funeral of an old friend in Colorado and later when Alan visits New York for a few weeks with his newly adopted son. Meredith needs Alan¿s help to look into disappearance of the surrogate mother she and her fiancee are using. Both the surrogate and the fiancee were part of the trip to the floor of the Grand Canyon.What unfolds next is a series of revelations at a fairly reasonable rate, all grounded and set up by the early stages of the novel. And while the central mystery of what happened or what it means to the characters today isn¿t exactly the most original mystery storyline around, it¿s still compelling enough to keep reader interest as the pages turn.What is far more interesting is the shifting perspective between Alan and his ex-wife and how they see the world and each other. Also, readers of the series will know that Alan¿s current marriage is on dicey ground and following Alan¿s struggles with tempations as he and his wife are geographically separated for the summer is intriguing. The real meat of the story comes from the glimpses and justifications as well as the blindness to faults he¿d find in patients that Alan undergoes as the story unfolds. And once the central mystery wraps up, there are still a few revelations about Alan¿s personal life to come that are clearly setting things up for the next installment. It¿s not quite as ¿holy cow, I¿ve got to know what¿s next¿ as the developments to Inspector Thomas Lynley in Elizabeth George¿s novels, but it¿s still enough to make the year or so wait between this book and the next an interesting one.
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dead Time, by Stephen White finds the main character, Dr. Alan Gregory is a state of flux. His wife and daughter are heading to Europe in search of her long lost daughter, his newly adopted son, Jonas, is heading to New York to spend time with Jonas' maternal uncle's family, his old friend Sam is drifting away. Alan's ex wife enters the picture, a slightly narcissistic news producer and asks Alan for his help. Our good Dr. spends a good portion of this book with a slightly confused, bemused air. He seems to have some difficulty following what is happening all around him and this gives the book a mildly distracting flavor. The book was set in Boulder, New York and LA, and I enjoyed the descriptions of the cities. However, due to the confused demeanor of the main character, I found myself slipping into a sort of daydream mode myself. Perhaps because I live in Southern Cal and am familiar with the locations in the book, I couldn't help but wonder how interesting it might be if Mr. White teamed up with Jonathan Kellerman for a novel. I'd sort of love to see the interaction between Drs. Gregory and Delaware, and I'd love to see how Sam Purdy and Milo Sturgis would get along. Not the best White, but pretty good. Worth the time to read, especially if you're a fan of the series. It moves the series along nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I start a book, I HAVE to finish it. If I weren't, I would never have finished this one. The first half is slow, slow, slow but once the action starts the plot is interesting and has an unexpected twist that made the slow start worth the wait...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story and the characters keep you on the edge of your chair. By the time I got to the last chapters I could not stop until I learned all the mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He's back at the microphone again - the ever amazing voice performer Dick Hill. Named a Golden Voice and a Voice of the Century by AudioFile, he is one of the busiest narrators to be found yet the quality of his performances never flags. He has the unique ability to inhabit a character, seeming to reflect the individual qualities the author intended. Listeners will remember with pleasure Hill's readings of recent Alan Gregory adventures - Kill Me and Dry Ice, and be delighted with his latest. Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory is one of the more popular fictional heroes - he's very human, flaws and all. As this story opens he has some free time to ponder where life has taken him. His wife, Lauren, is on a trip with daughter Grace and his adopted son, Jonas, is away. But Gregory doesn't have long to adjust to the unaccustomed peace and quiet as he receives and SOS call from his former wife, Meredith. Lisa, the surrogate mother for the child of Meredith and her fiancé, Eric, has vanished. Her disappearance is somehow tied to an earlier incident - the years ago disappearance of a woman from the Grand Canyon floor when Eric and friends were at the Canyon on a camping trip. Eric will not discuss this, and Meredith feels she must turn to Gregory who calls on his good friend, detective Sam Purdy, to help. As Gregory tries to interview the six people who were on that camping trip he finds that none of them wants to talk about the woman's disappearance or the trip. Listeners and readers know that nothing is easy for Alan Gregory, which makes a mighty fine yarn. Especially when read by Dick Hill. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read. Really.