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COLD CASE by Stephen White

First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author. This is a collectible book free from material defects. Jacket covering services are available for a small fee. 2000 NY: Dutton ISBN 9780525945260
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In this, the eighth Alan Gregory thriller, the Colorado-based clinical psychologist and his wife, Boulder Assistant District Attorney Lauren Crowder, are asked to assist a private organization known as Locard. Comprised of former and current prosecutors, federal law enforcement agents, and forensic specialists, the group (named after the legendary 19th-century French detective Edmond Locard) specializes in providing assistance to local police in solving "cold cases," i. e., unsolved cases that have been open for an especially long time.

In this instance, Locard is investigating the murder of teenagers Tamara Franklin and Mariko Hamamoto, two close friends who disappeared from their homes in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, one cold November evening in 1988. The girls' bodies were discovered a few months later when the springtime thaw melted the snowbank in which their killer had hidden their corpses. Because the bodies had been mutilated, local police sought an opportunistic killer, either a serial killer or a drifter, an approach that proved unsuccessful.

Asked to perform a "psychological autopsy," Gregory conducts interviews with several people connected to the case, including the girls' parents, siblings, and friends. His inquiries also bring him into contact with Mariko's psychologist, Dr. Raymond Welle. Welle has also known tragedy: Four years after the girls' disappearance, Welle's wife Gloria was apparently murdered by another of his patients, the severely depressed Brian Sample. The crime drew national headlines and propelled Welle into the public eye, first gaining him a syndicated talk show, then a Senate seat. Suspecting that Welle knows more about the case than he lets on, Gregory doggedly pursues the Senator.

Gregory's odyssey into the past affects him in varying ways. Of course, there's the thrill of the hunt, the intellectual challenge, and the satisfaction of bringing a criminal to justice. But that's not all, as Gregory becomes involved on a very personal level. His many interviews bring home a hard fact to the psychologist, namely that human beings inflict great damage on each other every day. He's reminded that murder has a ripple effect, irrevocably changing the lives of both survivors and victims.

Cold Case is an arresting, exciting piece of work, the perfect way to while away some cold winter nights.
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5 of 5 Time does not heal all wounds December 19, 2009
Reviewer: Nikki C. from TX United States  
Forensic psychologist Alan Dregory is called in to a small town to volunteer his services in solvng a ten year old murder of two teenage girls. This story is intricately woven and clearly shows this small community does not have the simple dynamics one would think to be synonymous with a typical township. As Dr. gregory digs in a graveyard of the secrets long past, he realizes there is a much bigger picture left to be uncovered.

This is yet another gripping book in the Alan Gregory series. As always, White's story is intriguing and captivating. The emotions run high and the rope of suspense is held taut. Though the story is a tragic one, it is not overrun with grizzly details. It is well told  and you can feel the character's determination as he  solves a complicated tale of double murder, uncovering deeply buried secrets in order to see that justice is served for those who deserve it.

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