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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson DeMille Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Corey Series Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781607889731
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “That rare breed of suspense novel that keeps you sitting on the edge of your beach chair even while you’re laughing out loud.”

    Newsday

  • “Expertly melds medical mystery, police procedural, and nautical adventure…Acquires its own storm force as it moves toward a catastrophic denouement…A smooth job from an old pro.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A peach of a puzzle…with Detective John Corey, DeMille has created the kind of rambunctious hero that readers will want to see again.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathrine | 2/13/2014

    " A bit long but interesting twists "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Chios | 2/10/2014

    " A good murder/mystery. I like that it is set on Long Island and all the places are familiar. However, the plot takes a rather silly turn and there are some scenes which are definitely a bit more graphic than necessary. The main character is quite likable despite his gruff exterior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 2/7/2014

    " Love the author and loved the first John Corey book. Something for everyone in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Moffat | 1/31/2014

    " Good lead character, good mystery. it's a bit over the top near the end, but worth the time... Quite enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 1/29/2014

    " I do not read much at all. This is the first book that made me think, "I kind of like this reading thing"! The author has a great scense of humor and it shows in his main character. The story takes you through a thrilling adventure. I am now reading Gold Coast by Nelson Demille. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/26/2014

    " I will read anything written by Neslson Demille whether it is a topic I would have chosen or not. He is such a genius at developing characters and advancing plot through dialogue. He is a true storyteller. This one had a little more violence than is my preference but it didn't impede my enjoyment of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Zangerle | 1/25/2014

    " Loved all the Long Island pseudo-history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oliver Barratt | 1/24/2014

    " I think this was the first Nelson DeMille book I read. I loved it. I am reading it again now. Great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/17/2014

    " Always have enjoyed Nelson DeMille's books. Although his character types are somewhat predictable...I don't mind. Makes for a mind easing read..and I love his sense of humour portrayed through some of his characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Michaud | 1/11/2014

    " 1 of 4 in the John Corey series. John Corey is the most sardonic main character I have ever encountered. Definately my favorite author and main character. He is a Man's man..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/17/2013

    " My copy is missing pages. Someday I will finish it. It seemed okay enough "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Rogan | 12/17/2013

    " Wasn't one of Nelson's best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Flagg | 12/15/2013

    " Good read. Keeps moving and keeps you interested. A little funky at the end, but otherwise enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Bauer | 12/12/2013

    " First John Corey novel. His smart ass ways start to grow on you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 12/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this but it could have used some further editing in certain areas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Bost | 11/30/2013

    " I read it years ago, and it was the first of many books of his I've read. He is my favorite author. He has a wit and a large amount of sarcasm I totally love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misteeyed | 11/24/2013

    " Always witty dialogue. I'm a fan of anything DeMille writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/18/2013

    " I would read another of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Pribus | 7/30/2013

    " An author I enjoy. Always an exciting tale with a good continuing character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 4/20/2013

    " Great who dunnit adventure. DeMille gets you going in one direction then shifts gears all the while steering the reader away from the obvious. Characters are fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kali Berg | 7/30/2012

    " This was an entertaining read, but got a bit too unbelievable at the end for my taste. The main character is also kind of unlikable but consistent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marysha | 4/20/2012

    " seemed like very dated characters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi | 3/25/2012

    " I love the characters Nelson DeMille creates ... such sarcastic bastards, you can't help but love them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Thompson | 3/1/2012

    " Starts very slow, but it is a very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurice Setton | 1/10/2012

    " Great book - starts off giving the impression the world will go down from a terrorist/bio-warfare attack (which is so 2010...;) ), but in the second half it swings to 18th century treasure hunting. Nice plot. And I'm a big fan of John Corey, his unadapted habits & phrases are a joy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 12/27/2011

    " I love John Corey. John Corey is a NYPD detective convalescing from gunshot wounds. He's staying at his uncle's place in a small coastal town when he is recruited to investigate a double homicide there. He is a smart-ass, cocky, but lovable. His humor makes this book an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 10/27/2011

    " i love the main character John Corey!! he is sarcastic, chauvanistic, and always making jokes at the wrong time. the story was intriguing and kept me guessing almost to the end. i would recommend it to anyone who likes good thriller/mysteries with a little humor to keep you on your toes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 5/20/2011

    " Absolutely LOVED it !!! I loved the story line and the authors sarcastic sense of humor !!! And I learned alot about anti Terrorism groups !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 5/15/2011

    " I think this is the first in the John Corey series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 5/7/2011

    " The first in a series of books involving the funniest literary character ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/26/2011

    " I'm a Nelson DeMille fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teebird150 | 4/24/2011

    " entertaining read plagued by idiotic storyline. good new character in detective corey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/20/2011

    " I saw the cover and was hoping for a book about pirate treasure... As I read I was disappointed that the skull and crossbones represented poison, and bio-warfare stuff... or was it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/19/2011

    " love the sarcasm in this book. Great character development. Some of the best "reading for the masses" that I have read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 4/19/2011

    " Another great "who done it" by Nelson DeMille. Love his sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/14/2011

    " Introduction of the wise-cracking, John Corey. Great for the genre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 4/9/2011

    " I read this book for the mystery book club...it was okay but a little wordy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 4/3/2011

    " Fast-paced mystery with a motive I totally didn't expect. I would have given it 4 stars, but the narrator kept slipping into 2nd person pov which really annoyed me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 4/1/2011

    " A little long on details, but I enjoyed this book.

    This is the first book I read from this author and I think I will pick up another.

    Good story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 4/1/2011

    " This was the first DeMillle book featuring John Corey, and he became infectious! As a New Yorker I learned so much about the history and culture of the far eastern end of Long Island, and of course, the history of Plum Island. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/13/2011

    " I really like Nelson DeMille. Have read many of this books. "

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About the Author
Author Nelson DeMille

Nelson Richard DeMille, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, was born in New York City. He was a first lieutenant in the United States Army (1966–69) and saw action as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. His first major novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, is still in print, as are all his succeeding novels. He attended Hofstra University, where he received a degree in political science and history. He is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, The Gate House, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. He also coauthored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories, book reviews, and articles to magazines and newspapers. A member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and American Mensa, he holds honorary doctorates from Hofstra University, Long Island University, and Dowling College.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.