Ive read all of Stephen Whites other books so, of course, I had to read this one. This story has his continuing characters, Alan Gregory, a psychologist in Boulder, CO, and Sam Purdy, Boulder police detective and good friend of Alans, the heart-attack-waiting-to-happen guy in previous stories. This time the author gives almost equal time to both characters in separate, but commingled plots.
Gibbs (strange name for a female) Storey, a former client from 10 years ago, shows up at Alans office as a client again. Shes allegedly so drop-dead gorgeous and well formed that grown men revert to drooling adolescents when they first see her. (Please guys, get a grip.) She has come to Alan this time around because she knows her husband, Sterling, has killed several women and she wants Alans help and encouragement to turn the guy in (shes a tad flaky, too). He has her sign a limited release so he can at least get her into a Safe House and tell the cops something to get them on the right track without revealing any confidences.
Subplots include Alans wife, Lauren, their daughter, Grace, and their dogs, Emily and Anvil; Sams heart attack, his wife, Sherry, and his son, Simon; Gibbss assorted tales of woe and whining; Sterlings alleged death; and someone bugging Alans office who and why?
While recuperating from his MI, Sam runs off across the country to find Sterling, and meets up with the California investigator originally called in on the case (the first murder was in CA). Together they try to protect the next intended victim. Suddenly, they and Alan are all blinded by the realization of who the real killer is.
The author seems to have inserted a little more humor in this story, or maybe its just my take on it. He tried a little different format this time, too, and I like it. Another good one, Mr. W at least you didnt have Alan get into unbelievable circumstances requiring superhuman efforts this time.