Plum Island

Plum Island

Book - 1997
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Taking the best elements from two of his most outstanding bestsellers, The Gold Coast and The General's Daughter, Nelson DeMille combines the breathless suspense of an expertly wrought murder mystery with his wry perspective on a peculiarly American social scene to deliver an enthralling and compelling story.

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey convalesces in the Long Island township of Southold, home to farmers, fishermen -- and at least one killer. Tom and Judy Gordon, a young, attractive couple Corey knows, have been found on their patio, each with a bullet in the head. The local police chief, Sylvester Maxwell, wants Corey's big-city expertise, but Maxwell gets more than he bargained for.

The early signs point to a burglary gone wrong. But because the Gordons were biologists at Plum Island, the offshore animal disease research site rumored to be involved in germ warfare, it isn't long before the media is suggesting that the Gordons stole something very deadly. Suddenly a local double murder becomes a crime with national and worldwide implications.

John Corey doesn't like mysteries, which is why he likes to solve them. His investigations lead him into the lore, legends, and ancient secrets of northern Long Island -- more deadly and more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. During his journey of discovery, he meets two remarkable women, Detective Beth Penrose and Mayflower descendant Emma Whitestone, both of whom change his life irrevocably. Ultimately, through his understanding of the murders, John Corey comes to understand himself.

Fast-paced and atmospheric, marked by entrancing characters, incandescent storytelling, and brilliant comic touches, Plum Island is Nelson DeMille at his thrill-inducing best.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780446515061
044651506X
Characteristics: 511 pages ; 24 cm

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rb3221
Sep 18, 2016

A very entertaining well written action packed murder mystery. John Corey, although tactless, crude, witty and sarcastic still emerges as the hero despite breaking all the rules (probably why we like him).
The novel is perhaps a bit too long as it does drag now and then, especially with the history of Plum Island. I did however really enjoy it and recommend it and will continue with DeMille and John Corey.

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wyenotgo
Dec 12, 2015

Straightforward style and linear story-telling that will appeal to many men but probably fewer women. Detective John Corey is a character very much along the lines of those created by David Hosp or John Grisham -- damaged, undisciplined, rambunctious; he's hell-bent on finding whoever killed his two friends and doesn't bother playing by the rules. DeMille has scaled back Corey's "wise-guy" patter that became tiresome in "The Lion", so I'm giving this book an extra half star for that. The rural, seaside Long Island setting provides atmosphere and helps to balance the ugliness of the murders and the unhelpful presence of CIA operatives with their own agenda -- not to mention the menace of virulent pathogens at a secretive research facility. DeMille's notable shortcoming is that his female characters are very attractively presented at the outset but he make little effort to flesh them out as really interesting people as David Hosp does. In this genre, I still like Hosp better.

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rahmmie
Sep 17, 2015

John Corey has an eccentric sense of humor and at times he got on my nerves. I did enjoy the plot but I think the author made the book way longer than he needed to. Still, a very enjoyable read

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CovertOne
Jan 17, 2015

An excellent forage into the mystery aquarium, written in a familiar frame, giving the reader a decent look into a new serial of epic fun and exploration. Not a bad read, and ranks with the best authors and character books that I've read.

mishimishi Nov 14, 2013

Not one of DeMille's best. A little too repetitive and a bit boring. Was very fast moving at the end, but the story plot was a little too exaggerated for my taste. I have read numerous novels by this author and I usually love them, but this one was a little disappointing.

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OkanaganSpirit
Jun 27, 2012

The story line was interesting and plausible but how the key character in the novel was developed detracted from the story and made the whole novel read more like a spoof.

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