Nelson deMille

Biografie şi Bibliografie

Nelson Richard DeMille (born August 23, 1943) is an American 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.


DeMille was born in Jamaica, Queens and resides in Garden City, New York, a village on Long Island. He attended Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont, New York, and spent three years at Hofstra University.

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.


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.[citation needed]


    * The Sniper (1974)
    * The Hammer of God (1974)
    * The Agent of Death (1975)
    * The Smack Man (1975)
    * The Cannibal (1975)
    * The Night of the Phoenix (1975)
    * Hitler's Children: The True Story of Nazi Human Stud Farms (1976) (as Kurt Ladner)
    * Killer Sharks: The Real Story (1977) (as Brad Mathews)
    * By the Rivers of Babylon (1978), ISBN 0-15-115278-0
    * Mayday (1979, updated 1998) (with Thomas Block), ISBN 0-446-60476-3
    * Cathedral (1981), ISBN 0-440-01140-X
    * The Talbot Odyssey (1984), ISBN 0-385-29322-4
    * Word of Honor (1985), ISBN 0-446-51280-X
    * The Charm School (1988), ISBN 0-446-51305-9
    * The Gold Coast (1990), ISBN 0-446-51504-3
    * The General's Daughter (1992), ISBN 0-446-51306-7 (also a movie)
    * Spencerville (1994), ISBN 0-446-51505-1
    * Plum Island (1997), ISBN 0-446-51506-X
    * "Revenge and Rebellion", in The Plot Thickens, ed. by Mary Higgins Clark (1997), ISBN 0-671-01557-5
    * The Lion's Game (2000), ISBN 0-446-52065-9
    * Up Country (2002), ISBN 0-446-51657-0
    * Night Fall (2004), ISBN 0-446-57663-8
    * Wild Fire (2006), ISBN 0-446-57967-X
    * The Gate House (Sequel to The Gold Coast) (October 28, 2008), ISBN 0-446-53342-4
    * The Lion (Sequel to The Lion's Game. To be published June 2010)

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