The Program

The Program

Book - 2001
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The Programsafeguards the truth, but whenThe Programhas a hidden agenda, the protected become the hunted With his nuanced psychological insight, inscrutable plotting, and a captivating lead character that parallels Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware, Stephen White's Alan Gregory novels have become perennial national bestsellers. But, withThe Program, White has challenged himself and honed his craft with remarkable assurance to create a rare breed of thriller. A dazzling mix of first-person and omniscient voices rewards readers with an irresistible narrative momentum. But the heart and soul of the novel is an indomitable woman reevaluating the seemingly innocuous choices she's made in the past while confronting the horrifying circumstances that threaten her family's future survival. "Every precious thing I lose, you will lose two."The Programbegins with a condemned man's last words to New Orleans District Attorney Kirsten Lord. After her husband is gunned down in front of her, Lord has no choice but to flee the wrath of the murderer's vengeance. Lord pulls up stakes, changes her name, and accepts the Witness Protection Program's offer to hide her and her young daughter in Boulder, Colorado. Soon thereafter, they are befriended by Program veteran Carl Luppo, a solitary mob assassin tormented by his former life who has nothing but time for regret. Sensing that someone inside the program has compromised Lord and her daughter's safety, Luppo takes on the role of sentinel, fully realizing that this may be his last shot at redemption. Even though Lord suspects that Luppo's warnings about the Program's dark side are justified and that she should believe the former hit man's instincts, the only people she can really trust are her nine-year-old daughter and perhaps her Program-appointed psychologist Alan Gregory. Fans of White's previous work will applaud the brilliant use of series favorite Alan Gregory in a seemingly secondary role in the novel, and new readers will find themselves compelled to find out what Gregory has encountered before. But all readers will agree thatThe Programis a superior thriller; a novel firmly grounded in the realities of three-dimensional characters in crisis and driven with the narrative pace of a guilty pleasure.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385499033
Branch Call Number: M/WHIT
Characteristics: 350p. 24cm.


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Mar 01, 2021

This is not a bad writer. He is very skillful at building tension and excitement . Unfortuneately, he forgets to wrap up his various plot lines. This, of course, is one of the most exasperating failures of these "New York Times bestselling authors." In this one, he either just got tired and forgot some of his preceding story lines, or he was just getting tired and wanted to end the novel within a certain number of pages. Notwithstanding, if you like to read this genre to see the diabolical plots unraveled and the villains taught a lesson, you will be disappointed in this. There is some satisfying vengeance effected on some of the evildoers, but a lot of loose ends as to the rest. Nevertheless, it is a good read for mental relaxation.

May 07, 2011

Very entertaining, well written, good plot

Aug 31, 2009

I like this the best of the Alan Gregory novels.


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