Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WILD FIRE by Nelson DeMille

I hate it when one of my favorite authors disappoints me, and it's happened again.  Detective John Corey just doesn't seem to be as witty and clever as he was in Plum Island and The Lion's Game.  His wife and boss, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, doesn't seem to have much appreciation for Corey's shenanigans, and I guess a steady diet of sarcasm and droll quips could get a little old in a marriage, but Corey seems to have lost his ability to make me laugh.  In that case, the plot needs to be top-notch, and it's just not.  It is a little scary, though, to think that some right-wing highly-placed crazies might want to bomb a couple of American cities, pass the attacks off as Islamic terrorism, and then trigger an automatic response that wipes out most large cities in the Middle East.  When Corey's friend and colleague Harry Muller turns up dead while on a surveillance assignment in the Adirondacks, Corey becomes his usual renegade self, dragging Kate along with him, on a mission to find out what happened.  Obviously, Harry ran afoul of Bain Madox, an oil baron who owns the exclusive and secretive hunting lodge that was the object of Harry's surveillance mission.  The reader follows Kate and John's piece-by-piece unfolding of Madox's horrific scheme, but since the author has already disclosed the whole plan, the plot seemed a little flat.  I knew that Kate and John would somehow stop the bomb detonation, so there's just not much suspense here.

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