Plum Island marks the first appearance of NYPD homicide detective, John Corey. I have read most of Nelson DeMille's work over the years, including the later appearances of John Corey in Night Fall
, The Lion's Game
and Wild Fire
. In the latter book Corey is a bit too much by half, and his constant wisecracking is quite irritating. However, here he is genuinely funny for a lot of the time. Corey was not intended to have multiple appearances, but he was so well received in this book, that the author was persuaded to let him have more outings.
This is an interesting story. Corey is convalescing from an attempt to kill him and is asked by a friend of his, who is the local police chief in Southold, a small Long Island township, for help in solving the murders of a local couple. As they worked for a biological establishment, there is some confusion as to the motive behind the homicide and a definite party line to avoid causing alarm locally. However, Corey digs in deep, makes himself unpopular in many quarters and eventually chases the case down to its, initially unexpected outcome. Along the way there is plenty of action, twists galore, a fair helping of romantic interest and quite a lot of tension particularly towards the end.
This is one of Nelson DeMille's best books and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Certainly a page turner for much of the time. It is quite a long book, but all the narrative is central to the plot and there is no padding as with some leading authors. Highly recommended.