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Higher Authority by Stephen White

>> Friday, May 22, 2009

Series: #3 in the Dr. Alan Gregory series
Genre: Mystery
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 420
TBR 2009 Challenge Alternate #6, Support Your Local Library Challenge #21

Although this is the 3rd in the series featuring Boulder, Colorado psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory, he’s more of a supporting character in this book.

Gregory’s fiancĂ© Lauren Crowder travels to Salt Lake City to provide moral support and money for her sister’s sexual harassment lawsuit which is being handled by a former classmate and friend of Lauren’s, Robin Torr. The lawsuit has many elements that make it politically tricky. A high level Mormon leader has been appointed to the Supreme Court and Lauren’s sister is alleging that his female chief clerk (also a Mormon) is the harasser in the case.

Then, people involved in the case start getting brutally murdered. Who (or what) is behind the killings? The Church itself?, some fanatic?

This was an OK thriller and mystery. The author has clearly done a lot of research into the Mormon Church and culture and that part was fascinating. However, there were elements of the story that annoyed me. These include the lack of presence of Dr. Gregory for much of the book, and Lauren’s sister who seems to be absent with no real good reason, leaving Lauren and Robin to pursue the case without input from their client.

Despite the flaws, I thought the book was interesting enough, but not something I would go out of my way to recommend. I do hope the next in the series gets back to Alan and the psychological thriller type stuff that I enjoyed in the first two books.


Kaelesa 5/22/2009 7:55 PM  

I read this book several years ago- it was the first Stephen White I'd read. Having grown up in Utah, I found the stuff about the Mormon church interesting and believable. I loved Alan Gregory and went on to enjoy other books by the author. I need to catch up on them though. It's been a while since I've read him. You should definitely continue on - they do get better.

SuziQoregon 5/27/2009 9:30 AM  

Kaelesa: Oh good to hear from someone from Utah. I do plan to continue with the series.

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