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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (Nov. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044617792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446177924
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #394,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Corey, former NYPD homicide detective, assigned to the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force in the pre-millennium 90s, makes a return appearance in a thoughtful novel offering an alternative to the government's "official" position on what really happened to TWA Flight 800, which crashed off the Long Island coast in the summer of 1996. Accompanying his wife Kate to a memorial marking the five-year anniversary of the crash, Corey's curiosity is aroused by what appears to be a concerted effort by Kate's fellow federal agents to keep him--and her--from investigating a case that appears to be closed. Corey's detecting skills lead him to two witnesses to the crash, who were enjoying an adulterous interlude on the beach at the time the plane went down--and videotaping their sexual escapades while what appears to be a terrorist missile attack takes place in the background. What ratchets up the tension in this capably written thriller is what the reader knows but Corey doesn't as he heads for a showdown with those responsible for the official cover-up as the clock ticks down to the morning of September 11, 2001. DeMille's deft touch with a riddle wrapped in an enigma--what really happened to Flight 800--makes his "what if" scenario a more than plausible theory; you don't have to believe in conspiracies or government cover-ups to find his latest engrossing, entertaining, and enlightening. --Jane Adams

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Nelson DeMille on Night Fall: An Exclusive Essay

It was a true story, the explosion of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island in 1996, that inspired Nelson DeMille to write the fictional Night Fall. Read this Amazon exclusive essay for insight into the coincidences that made this tragedy a subject DeMille couldn't ignore.

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Demille's latest is sure to be a #1 bestseller—but it's also sure to be controversial. The book is centered on an investigation of the July 1996 crash of flight TWA 800, "when... a big Boeing 747 bound for Paris with 230 passengers and crew on board, exploded off the Atlantic coast of Long Island, sending all 230 souls to their deaths." In July 2001, Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force detective John Corey, a brilliant, smart-ass detective last seen in Plum Island and The Lion's Game, accompanies his FBI agent wife, Kate Mayfield, to the fifth anniversary of the disaster. John, whose wife worked the crash in 1996, understands that Kate has brought him along because she doesn't buy the official finding of "mechanical failure" and wants him to mount his own investigation. There are 200 eyewitnesses who swear they saw a missile lift into the clear night sky and bring down the airplane, a charge dismissed by the CIA as an optical illusion. Though Corey is warned away from the investigation, like any good fictional detective, this only serves to spur him on. He uncovers evidence that a man and a woman, on the beach that fateful night videotaping their adulterous affair, inadvertently caught on tape the missile hitting the plane. The book is primarily about John tracking down the couple, but as the end nears, readers will begin to understand the perilous direction in which Demille is leading them. The pages will turn in a blur as a feeling of dread grows, until the end comes and one's worst fears are confirmed. Readers will think about this one for a long time.
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By Satisfied on Nov. 26 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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Not sure whats happening with Demilles writing of late. Up Country, and now Night Fall both were a somewhat disappointment.
Nelson is a good writer and weaves a usually exciting tale.
Point of irritation:
It seems Demilles favorite words are "I (or he/she) didn't reply" or "I/he/she nodded". I kid you not. In Up Country it drove me bananas! Ha....... I nodded.
John Corey, the NYC retired detective was perhaps the most serious, ingenious and at the same time hilarious, character in Plum Island and Lions Game. In Night Fall Demille seems to have parked Corey's wit on the curb. The fact that Ted Nash appears again was the best part of this novel. The interplay between Corey and Nash are extremely entertaining. In Plum Island and Lions Game Corey's musings, observations, saracasm and dislike for Nash had me in stitches at times.
The plot of Night Fall was taken from a real event, mildly interesting, but, predictable. I mean, the missle theory had to be the explanation.
The hints toward the WTC disaster were easily spotted several chapters before the end.
The fact that the ending defeated an potentially incendiary outcome, and left a big question, was well done though.
I still a Demille fan, but not of his last two books.
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Our book club reads anything and everything, from the latest bestseller to Oprah picks like Roths "The Plot Against America" and McCrae's collection "The Children's Corner." But I wasn't prepared when someone (actually the head of the group) recommended "Night Fall." Especially after I read the premise. Given the everchanging and perilious climate in this country and beyond, I wasn't sure I wanted to dredge up the memories of the TWA flight that crashed over the Atlantic in 1996. But I was right away drawn in. Does anyone remember that over a hundred eye witnesses SAW a missle fire and bring down the plane? Has anyone put together that with the fact that security people are saying terrorists are trying to do just such a thing, possibly again? Well, that's sort of what this book is about. It's a thriller, but it will also send chills down (or up) your spine. This book is sure to be as popular as any of the other bestsellers out there. I really, really, couldn't stop reading. Would also recommend the other two books we read--The Plot Against America by Roth and the stellar collection of stories, The Children's Corner by Jackson McCrae. Both are excellent, but please, please try Night Fall first.
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Format: Hardcover
As in PLUM ISLAND and LION'S GAME, DeMille's protagonist is John Corey, a former NYPD detective retired on disability. The story takes place shortly before the events of 9/11 so there is a lot of talk about terrorism prior to that event (USS Cole and Tanzania). The major problem I had with the book was over the premise that was holding the whole thing together. John Corey is trying to expose a major cover-up of the cause of an aircraft crash, yet there is never a suggestion that there might be a compelling reason for the cover-up. Pretty unbelievable considering the lengths that the FBI has supposedly gone to. I liked this book overall and would recommend it. I also recently enjoyed a book (TOTALLY different in scope, theme, and everything else from NIGHT FALL) and that was one called THE CHILDREN'S CORNER by Jackson McCrae. Also, check out BLUE DAHLIA-another great read.
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By Bobby-Ray on Jan. 27 2005
Format: Hardcover
The fact that DeMille clearly had done a lot of research on the subject of the TWA 800 crash caused me to wonder how much of the material which he presents as fiction is actually disguised reality (in order to protect his sources). I've read most of Demille's books. I'd rate Charm School #1, By The Rivers of Babylon #2, Plus Island #3 and Lions Game #4. The only one I really didn't like was Up Country. This book, while not one of his best, is still a great book. Also VERY highly would recommend two other books: McCrae's The Children's Corner and the book Plot Against America.
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By R. Widdowson TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 5 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think I read all of DeMille's novels written in the last decade. This man knows how to create rich, satisfying thrillers - his plots and characters are never stale. Meaning, the story is unpredictable. This is the best kind of genre writing - its a political thriller that you forget is a political thriller - you keep devouring the pages because its simply a very, very good read.
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