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Review of Plum Island, a novel by Nelson DeMille.
I am reviewing the hard back version of this novel, published by Little Brown and Company, 528 pages, cover price £8.99, ISBN 978-0316642378. Genre - Crime fiction.
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NYPD homicide detective John Corey has moved to Southold on Long Island to recuperate from near fatal injuries he sustained in the line of duty. John's uncle Harry, a long term resident of the area has let him use a holiday home he owns there. John has spent many holidays in Southold and consequently knows quite a few people in the neighbourhood.
Just offshore lies Plum Island a government funded research centre. Plum Island is securely guarded and no one really knows what goes on there. Rumours about Plum Island range from animal research to nuclear research to chemical warfare testing.
John makes friends with married couple, Tom and Judy Gordon. The couple work as research scientists on Plum Island and although relative newcomers are mixing socially with local people.
When the Gordons are found shot at their home, John is asked to act as a consultant by the local law enforcement office. He is shocked to find that his friends have been murdered and is happy to help out.
His rather maverick style of policing does not sit well with local big wigs, especially as he upsets the head of security on Plum Island, and he is soon removed from the case. John cannot leave things as they are and embarks on an investigation of his own. He is determined to solve the mystery of his friends' murders and uncover the events that led up to their killing.
John Corey's investigation leads him into a complicated web of mysterious events, further killings, and archaeology, local historic events, all of which culminate in a surprising and unexpected outcome.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
This was the first book I had read by Nelson DeMille and it most certainly will not be the last!
The novel is fast paced and the character of John Corey is remarkably well drawn, he is a complicated man, a wise-cracking city cop with a soft centre. He comes over as a fairly sensitive character that hides behind his innuendoes and sharp one liners. There are a great many other characters within the story but they are by no means superfluous and do not detract from the plot. The dialogue is crisp, sharp and very well delivered.
I found this novel to be really gripping and fast paced and I would happily re-read it. The plot is a complex one and there enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested and absorbed.
In my opinion, this is crime fiction at its best!
I am awarding Plum Island a 5* rating and would recommend the book to others who enjoy a fast paced crime novel.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 December 2012.
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Having been near fatally wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey has left New York and gone to the Long Island township of Southold to convalesce. When two local scientists are killed on their Patio, John is asked to advise the town's police department and see if he can help solve the case. There are a number of reasons why the couple may have been killed, but the FBI and CIA are worried it has something to do with their work on Plum Island, an off shore animal disease research centre. Now Corey must try and put the pieces together and solve the crime, a crime that could have global implications.
This is the second time I've picked up one of Nelson DeMille's novels and also my second encounter with detective John Corey. I've been meaning to read a few more of his for a while and like the book that introduced me to him, Wild Fire, I found Plum Island to be equally addictive. The style of the book is slightly different to the style I normally prefer but I have to say that DeMille approaches his stories in a unique and interesting way.
Like Wild Fire, this is told from the first person perspective and while I'm still unsure as to whether I like this style or not, it works incredibly well for DeMille. He seems to have got it down to a fine art and you can really find yourself getting into the head of John Corey. It helps to see things from his perspective. I also think it's good that unlike Wild Fire, there are very few parts to the book that aren't told from Corey's perspective and this endeared me more to DeMille's work than the previous novel.
It's encouraging that DeMille has stuck to the same sort of personality for his main character and that from book to book this doesn't change much. The character of Corey seems just as cheeky, yet likeable in this story as in Wild Fire. It works well and I think that while I'm not a big fan of the first person perspective it works because of the lead character. It also helps with the characterisation of the other key people in the story and you get to know them as Corey does, as if you were actually in the story yourself.
The story is very fast paced and while we find out about events happening as Corey does, it helps to keep the pages turning. There are a couple of things you can see coming but until you get all the detail it makes certain parts of the books un-miss able. I found many nights where I couldn't put the book down until I found out exactly what would happen next. It's a very addictive story that holds your interest well and just like his other books I would say Plum Island is just as addictive and engaging.
Overall my second brush with Nelson DeMille has made me even more determined to read more of his books. While his writing style isn't perhaps my favourite format, he more than makes up for that with the mental pictures he creates with his descriptions. It makes you really feel like you are there and that makes the book even more addictive if you're unsure about DeMille and are a fan of either Lee Child or Simon Kernick then chances are you'll really enjoy DeMille.
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