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NYPD homicide detective John Corey is living at his uncle's cottage on east Long Island, recuperating from three bullet wounds received in the line of duty. He is asked by the local chief of police to help with the murder investigation of a local couple whom John had known during his stay. The couple were research scientists at Plum Island, a government research installation specializing in animal disease; unlike typical scientists, they were also into a good bit of socializing, and had a Formula 303 boat which they used for high-speed travel in the Sound. It is feared they were involved in stealing and selling an animal virus, or perhaps a vaccine--or even drugs.
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Because of the government connection, the FBI and CIA become involved, along with the town police and county sheriff's office. The beautiful county investigator, Detective Beth Penrose, heads up the local investigation, and at times runs with, at times counter to, John's investigative activities.

Is the perpetrator another staff member at the research facility, one of the investigators, a friend of the dead couple, or even the CIA? The curator of the local historical society, Emma Whitestone, another beauty, provides the ultimate clues to the mystery, and the motivation for John to see that justice is served.
The review of this Book prepared by Douglas Moore

Plum Island is our first introdution to tough, cocky, wise-cracking, but very likeable NYPD homicide cop, John Corey. Recovering from wounds sustained in the line of duty, Corey is relaxing at his uncle's house on the rural outskirts of Long Island, NY's north fork when two of his neighbors are found murdered.

Why would anyone want to execute this young, friendly, and attractive couple? Perhaps it is connected to their jobs as biologists on Plum Island, a secure government facility located off the Long Island coast and rumored to be a top secret research lab for germ warefare.

Corey, along with an attractive local detective, skillfully follows the clues with determination and his smart-mouth, sharp-tongued brand of humor.

To find the murderer and eliminate the impending threat of biological disaster Corey must uncover the true secrets and history of Plum Island.

The popular character of John Corey returns in "The Lion's Game"
The review of this Book prepared by Mike Dietterick

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 15%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 15% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   theft/fraud investigation    -   squabbling with fellow investigator(s)/police boss Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Atlantic Ocean Island Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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