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* First UK publication of a runaway No.1 American bestseller in hardback. * A writer of nerve-shredding suspense and wry humour
Nelson DeMille is one of America's most popular and bestselling authors, and a new book from him is a keenly awaited event. A former US Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam, he is the author of nine acclaimed novels.
Tom and Judy Gordon were bright, young, attractive scientists whom everyone seemed to like. So who would murder them‘and why? Could their deaths have something to do with Plum Island, supposedly an animal research facility but possibly a top-secret site for biological warfare experiments? Could it involve a pirate's treasure buried in the vicinity more than 300 years ago? Returning to the Long Island, N.Y., setting of The Gold Coast (1990), DeMille makes his finest showing since that enormously popular book. Important to his success here is the catchy, ironic voice of narrator John Corey, a freewheeling Manhattan detective who's at his uncle's house on the Island to recover from bullet wounds and who gets tapped by the locals to act as "consultant" on the case. Key to the novel's sway is its boisterous plot, as DeMille expertly melds medical mystery, police procedural and nautical adventure, adding assorted love interests and capping matters with a ferocious storm at sea. Atmospherics are strong and the novel acquires its own storm force as it moves toward a cataclysmic denoument. DeMille's research seems sound as well, rendering the inner workings of a science lab as believable and fascinating as the discovery of treasure maps. It's a smooth job from an old pro who knows what readers are looking for. $500,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection; Doubleday Audio Book Club main selection; foreign rights sold in 10 countries; author tour; rights: Nicholas Ellison. (May)
' Heavy wisecracking keeps the fun flowing as DeMille cranks up a thrilling, entertaining plot' - KIRKUS REVIEWS (Starred Review) 'a page turning, high octane novel that's firing on all cylanders,' EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS 'a good old-fashioned murder mystery which keeps you enthralled till the very last page.' YORKSHIP EVENING PRESS 'Demille..paints a compelling picture...entirely credible.' IRISH EVENING HERALD 'Demile twists his plot with style.' GLASGOW HERALD
While investigating the murder of a young Long Island couple, an NYPD detective is stunned to find that they may have been involved in dealing genetically altered viruses. A 500,000-copy first printing.