Plum Island

Plum Island

By Nelson DeMille

  • Release Date: 2003-06-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 415 Ratings
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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.


  • Plum Island

    By dsphilli
    Good book, hard to put down. Only problem I found was the extended conversation during the boat chase was a little too long for those sea conditions. Based on my experiences in Coast Guard search and rescue, I found any conversation in an open boat nearly impossible during a CAT-1 hurricane. Wind, rain, sea and engine noises alone would have drowned them out, making conversation very difficult. With that said, that part of the book was very dramatic.
  • Amazing

    By Gi2joe3
    One of my most favorite books of all time!
  • Definitely a page turner

    By Diane Offutt
    As a former New Yorker I loved that the story is in Long Island and many places I have been to. The characters are exciting and the story is filled with such suspense it is difficult to put the book down. The main character, John Corey, he is definitely a character. His New York attitude is both funny and at times frustrating. I was happy to hear there are five more books with John Corey. He is a force to be reckoned with. Knowing he is part of the story....well, let's just say it will be another page turner.
  • So so

    By Number 1bookworm!
    I really wanted to like this book. The lead character is funny and almost believable until the end. I like the geography/history lesson included in the story. What I didn't care for was a complete lack of any surprise on who the bad guys fact that is revealed very early on..before the 200 pages of a sea chase. Is this a book or screen play? All in all less than stellar.
  • Money back please!!

    By Roxyfox1
    Seriously!!! I've read at least 600 pages of this book,am sooooo bored,when is something exciting gonna happen!! Not sure if I can finish it....its that bad! The Charm School,now that book was a page turner! Someone please recommend a great read from Mr.Nelson because I don't wanna waste Another $7.00 bucks! Could of bought me some breakfast and be fulfilled !
  • Never got into this one.

    By sodman
    I think I was spoiled by DeMille's excellent recent works - The Lion's Game, The Lion & The Panther, which I highly recommend with 5 stars. This one was a tough read for me.
  • Great read

    By Read this today
    Talk about a page turner! This book was excellently written and was almost impossible to put down.

    By Patriot II
    I dreaded to think of reading the final chapter of Plum Island! John Corey's character is endearing, brilliant, quite witty with a great sense of humor. This is yet another page turner for Demille. Plum Island is a book that you will look forward to jumping back into the storyline. Another superior, well written book. I am a huge Nelson Demille fan and this is not biased opinion, but try and find a writer who can compete with Demille? Maybe Vince Flynn is the closest you will find. Loved this book!
  • Great read

    By Harleyfxdx1
    You must follow up with the Lions Game and then the Lion. The Lion was recommended to me by a friend ... I read that first then continued to read the trilogy in reverse order. Every one is excellent ... I expect that hollywood will make John Corey the next Dirty Harry. Enjoy the reads.
  • Funny detective thriller

    By Meadow 1
    Rich, funny, quirky, believable narrator, deft and evocative settings, clever if slightly too elongated plot, uproarious moments, perhaps an overdone finale. Read this for the brilliant writing, characterization, and sometimes uproarious humor. I hope De Mille reads these reviews because he deserves thanks for his many great novels -- I'm on my eighth in a row and dread reaching the enforced end of my de Mille binge.