Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Review: PLUM ISLAND, by Nelson Demille

Nelson Demille
Warner Books, 1997
679 pages
Crime / Suspense / Thriller

John Corey is a New York Homicide Detective. He's recently been shot. Multiple times. While healing from wounds sustained on the job, John holes up at his uncle's place. It is an ideal summer home on the water of Long Island. His recovery is brought up short when the local law calls on Corey for assistance in a double murder. A young couple just down the way was found shot to death on their back patio. Since there are not many murders in the area, much less two, local law enforcement is looking for all the help they can get.

The murders become something of a spectacle since the young couple killed were scientists who worked on Plum Island. Plum Island is notoriously whispered about. Rumors are the place researches germ warfare, housing the most deadly and dangerous bugs of all time. With two dead scientists everyone is thinking a deal concerning the viruses gone bad is what happened.

Corey's personal investigation into the murders turns up more questions that answers. Did the young couple sneak a virus out of Plum Island with a brokered plan to sell to the highest bidder? Had he been friends with terrorists? Could something else be going on?

Initially, I did not like Demille's John Corey. But I don't think we're supposed to. I have the sneaky suspicion that is exactly how Demille wanted things. The main character takes some getting used to. He is not friendly. He is not nice. And he does not play well with others. Halfway through the book, I was loving John Corey.

I may be a bit behind the times (seeing as this book was initially released in 1997), but I look forward to catching up on the John Corey saga! PLUM ISLAND was a twisting, turning, and unexpected suspense novel that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Phillip Tomasso
Author of the Severed Empire Series
and The Vaccination Trilogy

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