Nelson DeMille – Plum Island (John Corey #1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

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Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Tonijs un Džūdija Gordoni, vīrs un sieva, kā arī divi zinātnieki tiek atrasti nošauti (bet pašas lodes nogrimušas) pie savas mājas laivu piestātnes. Viņu darba vieta Plum Island piesaista arī lielo zēnu, kā FBI un CIA, uzmanību. Uz šīs salas tiek pētītas dažādas slimības un to izraisītāji. Gan tādas, kuras apdraud vien dzīvniekus, gan arī cilvēkiem bīstamas un nāvējošas, tāpēc visu pirmā doma, kāpēc nogalināti Gordoni, ir tā ļaunākā.

Ņujorkas detektīvs Džons Korijs jau kādu laiciņu Longailendā atgūstas un atkopjas no apšaudē iegūtās traumas, kas visai tuvu bija viņu pietuvinājusi aizsaulei. Tā kā Džons īsajā laikā būdams uz salas bija iepazinies ar Gordoniem, un neko labāku tāpat nav ko darīt, tad vietējās policijas priekšnieks Maksvels piesaista Džonu izmeklēšanai kā konsultantu. Lai gan konsultanta darbam diemžēl vai par laimi nav ilgs mūžs, tas netraucē Džonam turpināt meklēt savu draugu/labu paziņu slepkavu.

Džonu varētu nosaukt par antivaroni. Viņš nekautrējas pārkāpt un apiet dažādus likumus un normas, ja vien rezultāts un mērķis ir labs un tā vērts. Plus, Džonam ir patīkams melnais humors, kā arī bieži mēdz izteikt jokus un sarkastiskas piezīmes gan tam piemērotā brīdi, gan arī nevietā. Par spīti savam raksturam un statusam izmeklēšanā Džons atrod sabiedroto detektīvē Elizabetē Penrouzā. Neizbēgami sižetā iezogas romantika, piedevām ar nosacītu trīsstūra piešprici.

Ja ir vēlme lasīt kriminālromānu ar neviennozīmīgu galveno varoni/izmeklētāju, tad Plum Island var droši lasīt. Bet, ja tas nepārliecina, tad varbūt uzmanību piesaistītu pirāti un apslēpti dārgumi. : )

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Tony and Judy Gordons, husband and wife, and also two scientists are found dead shot in the head near their house, and the bullets themselves have drowned to never be found again. Their workplace Plum Island attracts the attention of the big boys (FBI and CIA). On this island deadly diseases both for animals and humans are studied, and because of that everyone’s first thought why Gordons were killed is worst imaginable.

NYPD homicide detective John Corey for a while have been recovering on the Long Island after being very close to the other side after GSW during the work. Because during this short time on the island John had befriended Gordons and their isn’t much else for John to do, local police chief Maxwell hires him as a consultant to this case. Although the consultant job for good or worse doesn’t last too long, that doesn’t prevent John from finding who killed his friends.

John could be called an anti-hero. He is not shy to break and bypass few rules if the ending result and the cause are worth it. Plus, John has a good sense of humor and also he has a habit to make jokes and sarcastic remarks not only when it’s appropriate but also when it’s not. Despite all that and his status in the investigation John finds an ally in the detective Elizabeth Penrose. Inevitably romance finds its way into the plot, moreover with a relative triangle.

If you want to read a crime novel with an ambiguous main character/investigator then Plum Island might be for you. And if that doesn’t convince you then maybe pirates and hidden treasure will. : )

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