The Best Revenge

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 4, 2003 - Fiction - 368 pages
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In a riveting new novel of psychological suspense, Stephen White shines a brilliant light on the darkness that hides just beneath the surface of ordinary lives, on the fears that cripple us and the prisons we create --prisons of the body, mind, and spirit. A thriller of runaway tension, taps into our most closely guarded fears, taking us on a harrowing journey into a realm of terror and pain, of love gone wrong and vengeance gone mad.

The Best Revenge

Psychologist Alan Gregory is living through a season of discontent. With a new daughter, a wonderful wife, and a prospering career, he has little to complain about and lots of regrets: past cases that won’t let him go, patients who don’t get better, and a growing unease with keeping secrets. But Gregory has two new patients who will drag him out of his introspection--and dare him to enter a storm of
injustice and revenge.

FBI special agent Kelda James is a hero, a woman who as a rookie agent made a choice, drew her gun, and saved a life, taking another. Now Kelda is hiding from the world a secret pain that is gradually crippling her body--and she has turned to Alan Gregory to help free her from the prison of her pain. Then Kelda refers a patient to Gregory, who is terrifyingly dangerous to them both.

Tom Clone served thirteen years on Colorado’s death row for a crime he claimed he didn’t commit--until an FBI agent dug up evidence that set him free. The agent’s name: Kelda James. With both Kelda and Clone telling him their innermost secrets, Alan Gregory becomes the one person who can piece together an extraordinary puzzle--of two unsolved violent deaths of vulnerable women, of a man who may be innocent or may be very lucky, and of the strange, fatal attraction between two people trapped in a horrific plot to get revenge--at any price.

A thriller that delivers a stunning body-blow of a surprise ending, captures lives colliding at unpredictable angles, probing the dangerous lies people tell to each other and themselves. In this astonishing work by a novelist at the height of his powers, Stephen White brilliantly blends thrilling action and breakneck pacing with unrivaled insight into the human mind, heart, and psyche.

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With so much in the news these days about death-row inmates being found innocent, Stephen White’s The Best Revenge is rather timely. Tom Clone, on death row for a vicious murder of a young woman, is ... Read full review

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Title Page Dedication Epigraph Prologue
Part 1
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38

Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Part 2
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Part 3
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Part 4
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61

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Stephen White was born on Long Island, and grew up in New York, New Jersey, and Southern California. He attended the University of California campuses at Irvine and Los Angeles before graduating from Berkeley in 1972. While in school he learned to fly small planes, worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, cooked and waited tables and tended bar in Boulder, Colorado. Trained as a clinical psychologist, White received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1979 and became known as an authority on the psychological effects of marital disruption, especially on men. White's research has appeared in Psychological Bulletin and other professional journals and books. After receiving his doctorate, White worked in private practice as well as at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and later as a staff psychologist at The Children's Hospital in Denver, focusing on pediatric cancer patients. White began his first novel in 1989 while he was still practicing full time. The book, a mystery/thriller called Privileged Information in 1991, features Boulder, Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory and explores the dilemmas faced by a psychologist who fears that one of his patients is a killer who is likely to strike again. The great success of the first book was followed by Private Practices in 1992, and Higher Authority in 1994. Next came White's first New York Times bestsellers, Harm's Way in 1996, and Remote Control in 1997. Critical Conditions followed in 1998, and then Manner Of Death in 1999. White released Cold Case in 2000, the eighth book in the series. This was followed by The Program in 2001. His tenth novel, Warning Signs in 2002, was another bestseller. White's 2003 novel was The Best Revengeand his latest novel, Blinded, is number 12 in the series and was published in February 2004.

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