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The Best Nelson DeMille Books

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List of the best Nelson DeMille books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Nelson DeMille is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. A Hofstra Universtiy alumni, DeMille also writes under the pen names Jack Cannon, Kurt Ladner, and Brad Matthews. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Nelson DeMille who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

List includes The Sniper, The Gold Coast, more. What are Nelson DeMille's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    The Charm School is a 1988 thriller novel by Nelson DeMille. The title refers to a Soviet training facility where Russian spies are trained to infiltrate American society, and the book deals with the U.S. response to this school. According to DeMille's August 2009 newsletter, the novel will be rewritten for the screen by Frank Pearson. The motion picture will be directed by Ericson Core....  more
    • Author: Nelson DeMille
    • First Published: 1988-04-01
    • Genres (Book): Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Gold Coast is a 1990 novel by Nelson DeMille. It is about John Sutter, a Wall Street lawyer, and Frank Bellarosa, a mafia don, and the conflict between the two that occurs when Bellarosa moves to the North Shore, the same New York neighborhood as Sutter. Bellarosa befriends Sutter and his wife Susan, and convinces Sutter to represent him in a high-profile case. This draws unwanted attention to Sutter from the Internal Revenue Service and embroils him in a tangled web of deceit and betrayal. The Gate House, a sequel to The Gold Coast, was released on October 28, 2008....  more
    • Author: Nelson DeMille
    • First Published: 1990-04-01
    • Subjects: New Jersey
    • Genres (Book): Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Plum Island is a 1997 novel by American author Nelson DeMille. It introduces NYPD detective John Corey, convalescing on the North Fork of Long Island from gunshot wounds sustained in the line of duty. The local chief of police Sylvester Maxwell asks Corey to act as consultant in a local murder investigation, the two victims Tom and Judy Gordon being personally known to Corey and, worryingly, employees on the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, a facility suspected of carrying out biological warfare research. The other parties involved in the investigation are Beth Penrose, a Suffolk County detective, George Foster, an FBI agent and Ted Nash, who claims to represent the Department of...  more
    • Author: Nelson DeMille
    • First Published: 1997-04-01
    • Genres (Book): Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Lion's Game is a 2000 novel by American author Nelson DeMille. It is the second of DeMille's novels to feature the detective John Corey, now working as a contractor for the fictional FBI Anti-Terrorist Task Force in New York. The 2004 novel Night Fall is a sequel to The Lion's Game and takes place approximately one year later. The book also briefly mentions events from other DeMille novels like The Charm School and The Gold Coast, that aren't strictly part of the Corey-universe....  more
    • Author: Nelson DeMille
    • First Published: 2000-01-06
    • Genres (Book): Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language