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Night Fall (John Corey Series #3)

Night Fall (John Corey Series #3)

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by Nelson DeMille

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille brings back Detective John Corey of The Lion*s Game and Plum Island in a provocative new novel inspired by actual events.

On a Long Island beach at dusk, Bob Mitchell and Janet Whitney conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera, set to record each steamy moment. Suddenly a terrible explosion


#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille brings back Detective John Corey of The Lion*s Game and Plum Island in a provocative new novel inspired by actual events.

On a Long Island beach at dusk, Bob Mitchell and Janet Whitney conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera, set to record each steamy moment. Suddenly a terrible explosion lights up the sky. Grabbing the camera, the couple flees as approaching police cars speed toward the scene. Five years later, the crash of Flight 800 has been attributed to a mechanical malfunction. But for John Corey and Kate Mayfield, both members of the Elite Anti-terrorist Task Force, the case is not closed. Suspecting a cover-up at the highest levels and disobeying orders, they set out to find the one piece of evidence that will prove the truth about what really happened to Flight 800--the videotape that shows a couple making love on the beach and the last moments of the doomed airliner.

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Publishers Weekly
Demille's latest is sure to be a #1 bestseller-but it's also sure to be controversial. The book is centered on an investigation of the July 1996 crash of flight TWA 800, "when... a big Boeing 747 bound for Paris with 230 passengers and crew on board, exploded off the Atlantic coast of Long Island, sending all 230 souls to their deaths." In July 2001, Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force detective John Corey, a brilliant, smart-ass detective last seen in Plum Island and The Lion's Game, accompanies his FBI agent wife, Kate Mayfield, to the fifth anniversary of the disaster. John, whose wife worked the crash in 1996, understands that Kate has brought him along because she doesn't buy the official finding of "mechanical failure" and wants him to mount his own investigation. There are 200 eyewitnesses who swear they saw a missile lift into the clear night sky and bring down the airplane, a charge dismissed by the CIA as an optical illusion. Though Corey is warned away from the investigation, like any good fictional detective, this only serves to spur him on. He uncovers evidence that a man and a woman, on the beach that fateful night videotaping their adulterous affair, inadvertently caught on tape the missile hitting the plane. The book is primarily about John tracking down the couple, but as the end nears, readers will begin to understand the perilous direction in which Demille is leading them. The pages will turn in a blur as a feeling of dread grows, until the end comes and one's worst fears are confirmed. Readers will think about this one for a long time. Agent, Nicholas Ellison. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
It's summer 2001, five years since TWA Flight 800 went down in the ocean under mysterious circumstances. The official explanation is mechanical failure, but John Corey and wife Kate Mayfield (last seen in The Lion's Game) suspect a cover-up involving a steamy videotape and a guided missile. Even though both Corey and Mayfield work for an antiterrorist task force made up of cops and CIA and FBI agents, there is resistance to their finding anything to contradict the official reports. As usual, DeMille spins a well-crafted, timely, and exciting tale. Corey is a cynical and sarcastic ex-cop who's been around the block at least once too often, while Mayfield is a straight-arrow FBI lawyer who wants desperately to do right for the dead of Flight 800. To do so, they must deal with sinister forces within their own government as they unknowingly count down to 9/11. Strongly recommended for most popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/04; see Q&A with DeMille on p. 70.]-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Terrific dialogue punctuates DeMille's third John Corey outing (Plum Island, 1997; The Lion's Game, 2000). Former NYPD Homicide detective Corey, now with the Federal Antiterrorist Task Force (ATTF) in Manhattan, is one sarcastic wit. The opening chapter here hints at mere hackery, but when Corey enters as narrator, the style uncaps its fireworks. At nightfall in 1996, Jill Winslow and Bud Mitchell videotape their mutual adultery on a motel blanket on Long Island's Cupsogue Beach and settle into some real fun when Jill sees a streak of light rise off the horizon and rocket toward TWA Flight 800. As in real life, the plane explodes, killing all 230 aboard. And it's on videotape. Or is it? Five years later, ATTF closes the case, declaring it a mechanical malfunction, despite over two hundred witnesses having seen the rocket rise and strike the plane. Why has Washington released this bulloney? ATTF's Kate Mayfield, Corey's wife of a year's standing, takes him to a beach memorial service for the victims, then leads him to some expert eyewitnesses who differ with the CIA's animated film of the "malfunction." The ATTF bosses work conjointly with an NYPD task force and warn Kate and John to drop this case or be fired, although Kate worked it five years earlier, interviewing eyewitnesses. But Kate can't stop, and John, once loosed, brings his immense detective skills to undercutting the FBI and CIA version. This real-life tragedy hands DeMille perhaps his finest plot ever, one that involves real feeling, and will have you squirming and calling out at various dangers. And he gets around any risk of creating a sense of exploitation in the victims' survivors who might read this thriller by liftingthe plot into the heavens of mystery, with a satisfying Ahhh! at an end that you'll foresee and still be surprised by. Ahhh! Now where's that videotape?Book-of-the-Month Club main selection

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Meet the Author

Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther and Radiant Angel. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, and The General's Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture. For more information, you can visit NelsonDeMille.net.

Brief Biography

Long Island, New York
Date of Birth:
August 22, 1943
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974

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Night Fall (John Corey Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 249 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my third book by DeMille and my first about John Corey. If John were a real person, I think I'd be in love! His sense of humor and wit were terrific. The book itself was terrific, although I was a little disappointed in the ending. However, once I thought about it, I guess it was the only way DeMille could end it without adding about 400 more pages to the story. I loved this book and am looking foward to reading more about John Corey!
mcphnb More than 1 year ago
The John Corey series is fantastic. My introduction to John Corey was Plum Island. I fell in love with his witt and satire. I wasn't disappointed in Night Fall. I did not think I'd enjoy a book about Terrorism, but Nelson DeMille's writing made it so I could not put the book down. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend the entire series.
Petmom More than 1 year ago
Like all the Corey stories, you'll be pulled in right from the beginning. Although fictional, the novel contains contemporary historical elements that make the story personal. It's a great ride -- enjoy.
jcrubicon More than 1 year ago
This is the second DeMille I've read -- "The Gate House" was the other -- and I have enjoyed them both. This proves the value of scouting the remainder table. The fun part of some of those conspiracy wackos is when, in fact, there is a good conspiracy going on. That is the premise of this "based on true events" novel. TWA Flight 800 explodes just a few minutes after take-off and after years of investigation there is the official explanation of accidental explosion due to faulty electrical wiring behind the main fuel tanks. But when John Corey, re-energized by the 5th year anniversary of the deaths of the 230 aboard the doomed airliner, tries to seek some better answers, he is threatened by his supervisors in the FBI and CIA to drop it or else. As DeMille's story unfolds we are reminded how this disaster occurred nearly at the half-way point between the two World Trade Center bombings in 1993 and 2001. There are eye-witness accounts of a missile streaking toward the plane seconds before the explosion. Yet, no terrorist organization claimed responsibility. Was there an elusive piece of evidence? The final showdown blends fiction and real-life in a most jarring way. Good read.
Tarri More than 1 year ago
This book will make you think, while it also entertains. I highly recommend the entire John Corey series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DeMille is a gifted author with the ability to weave a complex plot while developing the characters with artful precision. John Corey, a man of Cynicism and Humor, faces the challenges of his job, an investigator with a government anti-terrorism squad, with the "damn the torpedoes" attitude. I have read 4 books in the series and am looking forward to reading the rest. Scott Brick is the best narrator to be found, in my opinion. He gives life and spirit to the written word. His voice and intonations keep you so riveted that you find it hard to doze off. These are my opinions and reactions. Read any book in this series and I believe you will agree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All DeMille books are great reading especially John Corey seriee
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spatt856 More than 1 year ago
Love John Corey! I can't wait for the next book in the John Corey series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic as always!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has an 'interesting' ending. 'Interesting' is the key word.
Political-Thrillers More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent follow to the Lion Game, in the John Corey series. I found myself doing my own investigative research on Flight 800.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because of the timeliness of the topic, you become involved with the characters immediately. The mere possibility of this situation actually being fact is compeling to say the very least. All the nuances of a good crime outline are there and it captures the essence of what might have been and really attacks one's reasonings. I was absorbed to the very end and was totally caught believing that there was the possibility that this could have been part of the truth. All the basis is there for you and the chance that some of this was part of the overall picture is very unsettling. It is not for everyone, but it does leave the reader with new feelings on the tragedy of 9/11 amongst other events in the recent past that remain a mystery long after the final reports have been filed, read and digested.
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