volume that releases in Stephen White's suspense/thriller series
featuring Boulder, Colorado clinical psychologist Alan Gregory
becomes a new benchmark by which his next effort should be judged.
DRY ICE, the latest Gregory novel, is no exception.
A recurring, unifying theme of White's work has been professional
ethics, specifically the issue of confidentiality. Things are
rarely cut and dry in this area, and White continuously lays bare
the problems that can occur when even the best-intended rule can
result in unforeseen, adverse consequences. This is the case in DRY
ICE when treatment begins for Kol Kruz, an enigmatic, bizarre
individual whose appearance is both a harbinger and a catalyst of a
series of events that promises to irrevocably change Gregory's life
as he knows it.
Other happenings, which coincide with the initiation of Kruz's
treatment, shake Gregory to his core. His wife, Lauren, experiences
an exacerbation of multiple sclerosis, even as she is heavily
involved in the supervision of a grand jury proceeding --- in which
one of the witnesses is missing --- that is about to dovetail
dramatically into Gregory's life. Meanwhile, Michael McClelland,
the brilliant and determined murderer introduced in PRIVILEGED
INFORMATION (the first Gregory novel) has escaped from the Colorado
State Mental Hospital and is almost certainly after Gregory's
family. Then suddenly, and unexplainably, Gregory finds himself a
suspect in the disappearance of the grand jury witness; he is in
danger of losing the trust of his wife and of his best friend,
Boulder police detective Sam Purdy.
Yet, Lauren and Purdy each have secrets of their own that not only
impede their ability to conduct an investigation but also impact
their respective careers. And we discover, after lo these many
years, that Gregory has an all-consuming secret as well, one t