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Nelson Richard DeMille (born August 23, 1943) is an Americanmarker author of thriller novels. His works include The Charm School, The Gold Coast, Plum Island, and The General's Daughter, which was made into a movie starring John Travolta.

DeMille has also written under the pen names Jack Cannon, Kurt Ladner, and Brad Matthews.

Biography

DeMille was born in Jamaica, Queensmarker and resides in Garden City, New Yorkmarker, a village on Long Islandmarker. He attended Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont, New Yorkmarker, and spent three years at Hofstra Universitymarker.

DeMille served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant and saw action in Vietnam.

He is a member of Mensa.

He married Virginia (Ginny) on 17 September 1988. She has Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Ohio State University. They both had children from previous marriages: she had one and he had two. They had no children together. Their marriage ended in 2002.

Writing Style

Many of DeMille's books are written in the first person, and as such his books follow a linear plot line in which the reader moves along with the main character.

Although the tone of his writing varies with his books, he often includes a liberal dash of sarcasm.

Most DeMille novels, especially the more recent, avoid "Hollywood endings" and instead finish either inconclusively or with the hero successfully exposing the secret/solving the mystery while suffering in his career or personal life as a result. There are generally loose ends left for the reader to puzzle over, Night Fall being a perfect example.

DeMille also typically includes a reference to George Orwell or 1984 in most of his books..

Works

DeMille often uses Long Island as a setting in his novels, for example in The Gold Coast, Plum Island, Word of Honor, and Night Fall. His most recent novels have followed two main characters, John Corey and Paul Brenner. At first, the story lines were completely separate, but there have been hints in the novels that they are part of a larger "DeMille Universe" that references events and characters in earlier novels, such as The Gold Coast and The Charm School.

DeMille has written himself into Up Country and Wild Fire. He takes about two years to write books because of extensive research, and because he writes them longhand on legal paper with a number one pencil.

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Recurring characters

John Corey, a retired New York City police detective on special assignment for the F.B.I.marker He was introduced in Plum Island and reappears in The Lion's Game, Night Fall, and Wild Fire.

Paul Brenner, an investigator for the United States Army's Criminal Investigation Division. He was introduced in The General's Daughter and reappears in Up Country.

Kate Mayfield, an F.B.I. agent. Introduced in The Lion's Game. She marries Corey and reappears in Night Fall and Wild Fire.

Colonel Petr Burov/Boris Though not explicitly stated, DeMille hints that Burov, the antagonist in The Charm School, is the same person as the mysterious "Boris," a character in The Lion's Game.

Ted Nash, a CIA agent and arch-rival of Corey, who is introduced in Plum Island and reappears in The Lion's Game, Night Fall, and Wild Fire.

Col. Karl Hellman, Brenner's superior officer at the CID. Appeared in The General's Daughter and Up Country.

John Sutter, Susan Sutter, Felix Mancuso, and several other characters of The Gold Coast reappear in the sequel The Gate House.

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