|Plot Summary of Plum Island|
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.
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.
This synopsis report 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"
This synopsis report prepared by Mike Dietterick
|Chapter Analysis of Plum Island|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
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
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Atlantic Ocean Island
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- scientific labs
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- touching of anatomy
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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