With his taut, suspenseful, and well researched thrillers, Nelson DeMille has become one of the most popular writers working today, publishing bestseller after bestseller. In books such as Plum Island and Word of Honor, DeMille gives us breakneck plots featuring strong characters with difficult decisions to make, and readers can’t tear their eyes away.
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Also Known As:
Jack Cannon; Kurt Ladner; Brad Matthews; Michael Weaver; Ellen Kay
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
Honorary doctorates from Hofstra University, Long Island University and Dowling College; Estabrook Award
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|From Page to Screen|
|The General's Daughter|
Captain Elizabeth Campbell is the perfect officer. She's also the daughter of the formidable General Joe Campbell. When she is found murdered on the base, warrant officer Paul Brenner is assigned to find out why -- a search that will force him to unearth carefully hidden secrets. The movie version stars John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, and James Cromwell.
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|DeMille's Favorite Writers|
|In our Q&A, DeMille answered our question about his favorite writers, but first positioned them very clearly as his favorite novelists and very clearly listed them in alphabetical order. A few of them appear below.|
|A Favorite Book||Lisa Scottoline Recommends ...|
"I read this book in college, as many of my generation did, and I was surprised to discover that it said things about our world and our society that I thought only I had been thinking about, i.e., the ascendancy of mediocrity. It was a relief to discover that there was an existing philosophy that spoke to my half-formed beliefs and observations."
|The Gold Coast|
The author of Courting Trouble says she admires DeMille because "his writing is so honest, his research authentic, and his humor so very sly." Scottoline singles out The Gold Coast: "Great characterization, sly dialogue, and married people in love."