Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory must solve a deadly mystery in Eldorado Springs that has been brewing for more than a decade and revisit the cruel ethical dilemma that turned his life upside down as a young psychologist.
As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students--including the sons of both the Secretary of the Army and newest Supreme Court justice--may have gone missing. Attention quickly focuses on the fortress-like tomb of one of Yale's secret societies.
When Alan and Lauren Gregory's new neighbors move in, Lauren is thrilled: the husband is a legal legend known for his advances in women's rights law. Alan, however, is less than thrilled: the wife was briefly his patient years before. When the lawyer is accused of rape, Boulder police detective Sam Purdy and his partner Lucy get the case and take the woman's complaint seriously.
When a death threat forces New Orleans District Attorney Kirsten Lord and her nine-year-old daughter to accept placement in the Witness Protection Program in Boulder, Colorado, they are assisted by Carl Luppo, a program veteran and former mob hit man trying for one last chance at redemption.
In hopes of leaving a long period of upheaval behind him, Alan Gregory refocuses his energy on his clinical psychology practice, but finds a new patient challenging his values.
Forest fires are reducing chunks of the Boulder Valley to tinder and ash; Colorado clinical psychologist Alan Gregory's colleague and close friend, still recovering from a terrible trauma, appears to be approaching a psychological breakdown; and new evidence in an old case...
Psychologist Alan Gregory is struggling to deal with both a newly adopted son and a shaky, though generally improving, marriage. But then his ex-wife, Merideth, reappears, seeking help locating the missing surrogate mother of her soon-to-be-born child, and Alan is pulled into a mystery that reaches back years--with ramifications that are disturbingly current.--From publisher description.
An HMO in Boulder, Colorado, refuses to pay for experimental treatment which might save a little girl with a heart ailment. When the HMO's director is murdered, suspicion falls on the girl's sister. Psychologist Alan Gregory investigates.