Nelson DeMille Books In Order

Publication Order of Joe Ryker Books

The Sniper (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hammer of God (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Agent of Death (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Smack Man (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cannibal (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night of the Phoenix (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of John Sutter Books

The Gold Coast (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gate House (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Paul Brenner Books

The General's Daughter (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Up Country (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of John Corey Books

Plum Island (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lion's Game (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Fall (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Fire (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lion (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Panther (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Radiant Angel (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of John Corey Books

The Book Case is a prequel novella to the John Corey series.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Quest (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By the Rivers of Babylon (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mayday (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cathedral (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Talbot Odyssey (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Word of Honor (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Charm School (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spencerville (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quest (Revised Version) (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cuban Affair (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deserter (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Death Benefits (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rendezvous (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Getaway (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Nelson DeMille:

Early Life and Education

Nelson Richard DeMille was born in Jamaica (Queens) on August 23, 1943. He is the son of builder Huron DeMille and his wife Antonia Panzera. DeMille and his family moved to Long Island when he was a child; here he attended the Elmont Memorial high school, where he enjoyed playing football and running track.

After finishing high school in 1962, he attended Hofstra University for three years before joining the U.S. army. DeMille served the United States army from 1966 to 1969. He spent part of that time fighting the Vietnam War in Quang (from November 1967 to December 1968). During the three years of military service, he earned the rank of First Lieutenant and was decorated with the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Air Medal. In 1969, he resumed his studies at Hofstra, graduating in 1970 with a B.A. in political science and history. At Hofstra, he was also awarded with the Estabrook Award and was selected as Hofstra’s 1999 Alumnus of the Year. DeMille stated that his years at Hofstra university infused him the love for arts and literature and influenced his decision to become a novelist.

Life After University

After university, he worked as a carpenter, a house painter and an insurance investigator for a while.

He then began writing and his literary career started with a series of fast-paced crime novels, which soon evolved into more complex thrillers.

In 1971, DeMille married Ellen Wasserman. Before divorcing in 1987, the couple had two children, Lauren and Alexander. In 1998 DeMille married a second time to Virginia “Ginny” Sindel Witte, but in 2004 divorced again. Right now, he lives in Long Island with his third wife, Sandra Dillingham, and their son, James. His older son, Alexander, is a filmmaker and his daughter, Lauren, a PhD candidate in Psychology.

DeMille has served on the Hofstra Board of Trustees and has endowed a Hofstra scholarship in his name for students majoring in English. He is past president of the Mystery Writers of America and a member of the Authors Guild, PEN American Centre, Poets & Writers, and American MENSA.

DeMille as a Writer: Books and Style


DeMille’s works explore the world of suspense and thrillers. Most of his books are written in the first person and the plots follow a linear line: this technique allows his readers to feel more involved into the main character’s evolution and the plot development. His writing style is often full of irony and gritty sarcasm and his scenario are often set in Long Island. DeMille’s novel frequently finish either inconclusively or with the hero successfully finding the key to a mystery and exposing the villains.

Major Books and Characters

From 1974 to 1975, DeMille wrote a series of fast-paced paperback novels centred around the figure of NYPD homicide detective Joe Keller. These novels have often been praised for their colourful descriptions of characters, places and situations. Joe Keller was soon replaced by another character, Joe Ryker, who chased after villains, which included a Vietnamese veteran and a rogue CIA agent.

In 1978, DeMille started writing more complex suspence thrillers. Word of Honor, one of his masterpiece, drew heavily from his own life experience in Southeast Asia and documented the destructive and overwhelming personal effects after a civilian massacre. The novel was adapted as a made-for-cable movie in 2003. The novel The Golden Coast introduced another serial character, John Stutter, a lawyer who lives with his beautiful and rich wife in Long Island: his perfect, but boring, bourgeois life is completely altered when a member of the Mafia comes living next door and asks for Stutter’s legal advice.

The General’s Daughter is for sure one of DeMille’s most known novel. Written in 1992, it portrays and denounces military corruption in a rape-murder investigation. The book was adapted to a movie in 1999, with John Travolta starring as the main character.

DeMille’s most recent serial novels are written around the character of New York homicide detective John Corey and explore the topic of terrorism on the American territory. Among the novels, Night Fall sees Corey investigating a 1996 plane crash that resemble the real-life explosion of TWA Flight 800 over the Atlantic Coast; Wild Fire on the other hand sees Corey involved in the investigation of a plot to detonate two atomic bombs in the United States.

DeMille’s Latest Novels

DeMille’s most recent works include Corey’s last adventure. The Panther, written in 2012, portrays the life of the anti-terrorist task force agent Corey with his wife Kate Mayfiled, an FBI agent, in Yemen, one of the most dangerous and dysfunctional places in the Middle East. While living there, the couple works with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind Al Qaeda, known as The Panther. Moreover, they have to survive in such an hostile environment, where American resources are almost nonexistent. Their enemy is brutal and elusive and has committed a great number of terrorist acts and murders, but has always succeeded in escaping from the government grip. The couple will face a great number of dangerous and almost deadly situations, which will pose them the interrogative of who is in reality their ally and who is their enemy. The Panther is a brilliant depiction of one of the most dangerous and treacherous countries in the world and raises questions about whether or not we can always trust our so-called allies.

In 1975 DeMille had written a short novel titled The Quest. Now, in 2013, he has rewritten it and doubled its length, without altering the main plot that had made the novel so powerful and successful in the past. The Quest is a romantic thriller, filled with heart-pounding actions and drama. The story takes place first in Ethiopia, during the Civil War, where a Catholic priest is jailed, because accused of knowing the true location of the Holy Grail. During the bombings, the prison is struck and the priest succeeds in escaping. Old and weak, he escapes into the jungle and meets a Western journalist and photographer, to whom he tells his story. Motivated by the amazing anecdotes of the priest, the journalist and photographer agree on starting an incredible journey to look for the mysterious sacred cup. Thus, an adventure full of murderous tribesmen, assassins and deathly curses begins.


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