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The Last Lie

The Last Lie

Written by Stephen White

Narrated by Dick Hill


The Last Lie

Written by Stephen White

Narrated by Dick Hill

ratings:
4/5 (10 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Aug 2, 2011
ISBN:
9781455838646
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Shortly after Alan and Lauren welcome their affluent new neighbors-a legend in women's rights law and his beautiful wife-the couple hosts a housewarming party that ends in quiet disaster. One guest, a young widow, elects to spend the night after indulging in too much wine, only to wake the next morning with no memory beyond getting ready for bed. Aware that something went terribly wrong, she goes to the police, starting a chain of events that will have devastating consequences for everyone involved.

A national celebrity is soon accused of rape-with eerie similarities to another notorious Colorado case. Lauren, a deputy DA, and detective Sam Purdy both learn facts they can't share with Alan, but Alan discovers that he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the housewarming. Before he can decipher the puzzle, a crucial witness is murdered. Alan fears that other witnesses-people he loves-could be next.

Released:
Aug 2, 2011
ISBN:
9781455838646
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in History and UCLA with a master's in film. I have been involved in the field of buying, selling, and collecting both fine art and historical photography since 1975 when I opened one of the first galleries dealing in photography in Los Angeles. I have built an enormous collection of photography and also published four major catalogue to accompany 4 traveling museum exhibitions, all from my collection. I was the founding President of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, and have served on advisory boards for the Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and was a founding member of the Getty Photography Council. I have written photographic catalogues to accompany the exhibitions. In addition to writing My 1964, I have published one other book, a ficitional work, "L" A Lunatic Love Life soon to be an e book.


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  • (4/5)
    I always like another Dr. Alan book when I have a project---perfect listening material for hours of raking, etc. It's wonderful to be able to step back into their family situation to see what's happening after some time has passed. Dick Hill is the perfect voice. I need to go backwards and pick up some of the books I have missed.
  • (4/5)
    How much we like a book depends much on our expectations: if you wanted a lot of action and a mystery hard to solve, this is a one star book. If you can take a meditation on good and evil, the justice system and the beauty of Boulder, this is a good book. I did like the contrast between the psychiatrist, Alan, presenting himself as the good guy, and the bad world outside. Alan has a new neighbor who is accused of being a rapist. He tries to know more about the case and ultimately, to find some justice. He has a wife who betrayed him; she has MS and he shows her love and consideration. He adopted the son of his neighbors. It is a real relief for the reader to find a good guy in a book. Nowadays, it is only too common to deal with a hero almost as bad as the worst guys. It is why I give it 4 stars: for the relief. When you think about the book later, Alan is not such a good guy. He manipulates a patient to get information (it is necessary for the story, but it is unprofessional and unpleasant), he does not try to understand his wife, and he does not help his patient. On top of this, the author does not understand the American justice system. Our justice system has been built up by merchants: it is about being practical and making deals, even if there was no lawyer involved. It is the reason why sometimes a little crook is more punished than a wild criminal. But in countries like France, where dealing is much less common, I am not sure that justice is much better served: the system is just more clear.
  • (3/5)
    A new neighbor brings unsettling problems to Dr. Alan Gregory's situation involving a patient of another therapist. No one is talking about a crime, his adopted son is not coping well, and his marriage needs to be repaired.
  • (4/5)
    I rather enjoyed this book and rank it among my favorites of White's Alan Gregory series. I think the reviews have bee so-so, but don't let that stop you from reading it. The viewpoint it expresses on celebrity legal cases will give you much food for thought, and it is expounded in an entertaining fashion, while advancing the stories of the lives of the characters in this series. Also an interesting sub-plot about dogs off-leash.
  • (4/5)
    I will admit - I struggled with this book. Not only was there not the action that I have become to enjoy in Stephen White's books, but I struggled with the contexts of the book. I work in the courts in Colorado no less, and I do believe with the system. I know there are flaws, believe me, but I still have to believe in the judicial system as a whole (and not be a cynic like Sam)
  • (4/5)
    I'll start by saying I love Stephen White and this series, but honestly, the character's wife BUGS me to death....I get so sick of her MS,which is horrible to say, but she just gets on my nerves. Ok...that being said..I like the plots, the characters and I like that he's suspenseful, without being violent. He has a few twists in this one that I caught only right at the end. Good job as usual
  • (4/5)
    A long novel (approx imately 400 pages) in the Alan Gregory series with an original and suspenseful story. It's long-winded at times which means it could have been about a 100 pages shorter. Despite that its a good addition to the series.
  • (5/5)
    EXCELLENT read. Loved every minute of it. Can hardly wait for the next book Stephen.
  • (3/5)
    I live a half an hour from Boulder which is probably, in part, why I love this series: it's just fun to read about where you live. At times I wondered about all the detail put in about Boulder and if to someone living 100's of miles away if it was over the top. But enough about Boulder, I love the Alan Gregory series and this book continues to feed that affection. With major players, positioned in all the right areas: legal, law enforcement, and Dr. Gregory, the area pscyhologist, that holds everyones secrets - this book, like the ones before it, spin a fantastically entertaining thriller. I highly recommend this series - you can jump in anywhere, but to really follow the characters and backstories it's best to start at the beginining. You won't be disappointed.