Delacorte, Feb 2002, 24.95, 490 pp.
Dr. Alan Gregory is a clinical psychologist with a thriving practice and his wife Lauren is an assistant district attorney in Boulder, Colorado. Both Alan and Lauren are renown in their respective fields and have handled many high profile cases sometimes even working together. Lauren is just about to go back to work from maternity leave when she is asked to extend her leave and go to work as a defense attorney for another high profile case.
The Boulder District Attorney Royal Peterson is found murdered in his home. Someone used a blunt instrument to smash the victim's skull. Preliminary evidence points to Detective Lucy Tanner, so her partner Sam Purdy wants the best lawyer to handle her case. Alan and Lauren recommend Cozy Maitland, who in turn wants Lauren to serve as second chair for him. Now that the team is on board in case Lucy is arrested, the suspect is kidnapped by an angry young man intending to get his message across to the public by committing some very violent crimes.
WARNING SIGNS is an absorbing legal thriller and police procedural that shows what goes into creating an ugly situation such as Columbine. Alan Gregory, through his profession skills, gives the police (and the audience) some alarming insights into what motivates a teenager to kill and how he justifies it to himself. The actual who-done-it, while compelling, takes a backseat to the frightening teenage sub-plot.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner