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When an emergency call brings Dr. Alan Gregory to an ICU, he finds 15-year-old Merritt Strait recovering from a suicide attempt. Her stepsister, Chaney, already lies near death - after her managed care provider turned down an experimental treatment that could save her life. When a wealthy executive with the family's HMO is shot to death, Alan discovers shocking evidence linking Merritt to his killing. As time runs out, he searches for answers - and discovers the truth about a family that will stop at nothing to save one of its own.
©1999 Stephen White; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By FRITZ STOOP on 03-02-13

Dick Hill 'Almost' Saves the Day

Were it not for Dick Hill's excellent job of trying to inject some life into this dog, I would have considered asking for my money back. Ever wonder what a psychologist is? How is it their counsel is always so spot on? Are their lives perfect? Do they know the 'meaning of life'? Are they capable od absorbing and contending with every travail life throws at us?

Alan's psycho-babble just wears me out. If I want it, I'll just watch day time television talk shows. Match that with a somewhat transparent story stocked with mundane characters and...Voila! a Stephen White novel.

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By Snoodely on 11-09-09

This book kept me up all night!

I had prepared myself not to like "Critical Conditions," because, in general, I don't think too much of "psychological thrillers." I think the authors cop out by inventing bizarre, unheard-of psychoses to explain their bad guys' criminal behavior. But Stephen White does not succumb to that laziness here. Even though the main character works as a clinical psychologist, the plot never relies on insanity for motivation. Rather, the characters are driven by believable circumstances to desperate behavior; and the protagonist must untangle the intertwined forces which have lead to trouble. Just when we think he has resolved the situation, the penultimate chapter throws him into a hair-raising scene at the Denver airport which provides enough excitement for the most avid thrill-seeker. Dick Hill reads this story masterfully, providing unique voices for all the characters, modulating the voices as the dialogue requires. If you like thrillers with both pathos and humor, you will probably enjoy this audiobook.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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