|The hair-raising suspense of The General's Daughter... the wry wit of The Gold Coast...this is vintage Nelson DeMille at the peak of his originality and the height of his powers...|
Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare.
Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications -- and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of PLUM ISLAND....
From the Publisher:
PLUM ISLAND begins with a double homicide on Long Island's North Shore. It appears to be a burglary gone wrong. But when NYPD detective John Corey is brought in on the case, he discovers that the victims-a husband and wife-both worked on Plum Island, a government animal disease research center. Corey has heard the troubling speculation, i.e., that the government is also conducting research in biological warfare on the island. Did the Gordons steal and sell a genetically altered virus from the laboratory? If so, who has it now? Is a deadly plague about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting world? Corey races to find out. As he struggles to make the pieces of the puzzle fit together, the murderer kills again... and again.Convalescing from a bullet wound on Long Island, NYPD homicide detective John Corey helps the local sheriff investigate a shooting. The victims are a married couple, both biologists on Plum Island, a top secret animal disease research site. When the media suggests that they stole a deadly virus, suddenly a local murder becomes a crime with worldwide implications in this masterwork of entrancing characters, a killer plot, and brilliant comic touches.
A Long Island couple is murdered, alerting police to a black market that traffics in deadly viruses.
"Heavy wise cracking keeps the fun flowing as DeMille cranks up a thrilling, entertaining plot." 04/15/1997 Washington Post Book World
"'Plum Island' concocts all the traditional elements of the big bestseller in a literary test tube, then trots them out in calculated fashion....a lengthy but fast-paced bit of literary candy...." - Johathan Yardley 06/08/1997