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Night Fall (John Corey #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  20,865 Ratings  ·  1,167 Reviews
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorOn a Long Island beach at dusk, Bob Mitchell and Janet Whitney conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera, set to record each steamy moment. Suddenly a terrible explosion lights up the sky. Grabbing the camera, the couple flees as approaching police cars speed toward the scene. Five years later, the crash of Flight 800 h ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 672 pages
Published November 22nd 2004 by Grand Central Publishing
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Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers
Recommended to Carol. by: Sharon, Alfred, Don
Generally, I’m not a fan of political thrillers. You say to me, “Carol, here’s a political thriller I just know you will love…” and I will not be rushing to the library or my favorite dealer to get a copy. Frankly, I find most of them silly and poorly written. Government conspiracies? Puh-leaze.

Not so believable.

At any rate, this one popped up in discussion and due to enthusiasm from Sharon and recommendations from Alfred (and others, I think–I lost the thread), Sharon and I decided to give it t
Tim Williams
Jul 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was 692 pages. For 690 pages it was one of the best books I've ever read and then DeMille completely ruined it with one of the most piece-of-crap, cop-out endings I've ever seen coming a mile away. He even admits that he had no idea how to finish this book and his son came up with the idea for the ending. I guess that's the problem with writing a story based on a real-life event. You can't really change history or present "facts" that didn't actually happen, so he completely wrote hims ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book and I may have gotten off on the wrong foot. I wanted to revisit Nelson DeMille--I read Plum Island years ago and remembered really enjoying it, especially protagonist John Corey's smartass sense of humor. I recall very little about the book, other than a row between Corey and a villain which ends up with Corey disemboweling him, and proceeding to lay the contents on his open stomach with a flourish ("'Your guts,' I declared."). That's a line that stays with you when you're young.

Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god. No amount of planning could prepare me to pen a deserving review for Night Fall. I will never ever read such a large book in so short a time. It was unbelievable. This is why I read books. After this, if I have to ditch 10 books in a row, it will be worth it. When I was reading Night Fall, I thought no way does this book get 4/5 stars. But it occurred that all events converged on the remaining chapters. That is the only way an okay setup book jumps from okay to amazing. The most rece ...more
Freda Malone
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow. I'm shattered, shocked and awed by this novel. Pay special close attention to the time frame in the book. TWA Flight 800 tragedy 1996, the 5 year anniversary 2001. I was so engrossed in this fast paced, action packed, novel that I absolutely did not see the end coming. “Holy Shit” I said to myself and “No Way”. I had to go back and look. When you read this you'll be in for the ride of your life and the tension will grow and grow, and you will become shattered at the end. I hate cliffhangers ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereading, thriller
Demille's books seem to be reliably good (at least this series has been so far). I'm getting these from the public library (hey, I'm already looking at having to reduce the size of my own library...a lot. i can't buy every book I read). That means i usually have to put these on hold and wait to get them.

As I did this one.

This volume of the lives of our heros begins a little more slowly or maybe I should use the word "obliquely" than the first two. Hang in there it will grab you.

Kate (Mayfield) h
Aug 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Nelson Demille books. I love conspiracy theories. I absolutely can not stand it when there isn't an ending and nothing gets solved.

I rated this a 3 because it was highly entertaining. But as I was nearing the end I thought that there was a good chance we wouldn't get any answers...and we didn't. Though it isn't like this book is a history book that has all the details. I know it's a piece of fiction but, come on, finish the da*n story. I"m frustrated, but I literally just f
Mikey B.
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DeMille's wit is in full effect in the suspenseful thriller! Made me laugh over and over and over again. The characters are likeable and believable, the story has the right level of sophistication and many of the theories in the book are based on verifiable facts and eyewitness statements regarding TWA Flight 800. Some readers have been and will continue to be displeased by the last couple pages. I, on the other hand, felt it was a perfect conclusion to a fastastic and wildly entertaining story.
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful tale built on TWA-800 crash - but sloppy ending!

We are loyal followers of DeMille's entire bibliography, so looked forward to "Night Fall", especially once we got the drift it was based on fact and embellished with fiction (ala the Da Vinci Code). The author concocts two eyewitnesses to the crash of TWA flight 800 in 1996, who not only claimed to have seen a "missile" streak skyward toward the plane, but may have videotaped it as well, as part of a secret, sex-filled beachside rendez
Jul 03, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those novels that the pre-release hype was so great that as a reader, I was not sure what to expect but Night Fall with a few small exceptions lived up to the media hubbub. The novel starts with a flashback scene that takes us to the Atlantic coast on the fateful night of the TWA flight 800 crash. On the beach, two "consenting adults" are enjoying their night out and for posterity sake filmed the evening. On this tape, the "accident" and a strange shooting light is trapped on cel ...more
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Provocative, frightening, and based on True Events.
It is dusk on July 17, 1996. A man and a woman who are married - but not to each other - make love on a Long Island beach as a video camera records their pleasures...and something more. Out over the ocean, TWA flight 800 suddenly explodes with 230 victims on board, the terrible blast illuminating the sky. The government's verdict is mechanical failure. But the videotape may tell another story - if it can be found.
Now, on the 5th anniversary of
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. After a co-worker had been talking about it for weeks she finally brought it to me. As soon as I opened it I was hooked. It took me a Sunday to finish it and I fell in love with John Corey the detective in the book. If you are into a suspense novel then this is for you!

Este livro foi inspirado através dos factos verídicos sobre o avião TWA 800 que se partiu ao meio e caiu perto da ilha Long Island, no dia 17 de julho de 1996, provocando a morte de 230 passageiros. O que causou aquilo?


As testemunhas viram o que parecia ser um míssel a ser disparado e atingido o avião provocando a sua queda.

Apanharam as peças do avião e reconstruíram este avião a fim de detectar falhas/ causas do “acidente”, mas não encontraram nada
I had not read a DeMille book in a long time and while I liked this one (part of the John Corey series) I don't think it was as good as his earlier efforts, such as The General's Daughter and The Charm School (my personal favorites). The book had an e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y slow start and there were a few times when I thought I would just throw it aside and not finish. The clues to the mystery were too slow in coming and the author seemed to prefer to continually go over and over the aspects of the cra ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to say about Night Fall, the premise is very different than the first two books in the series. It's about the attack on Flight 800, which I didn't know much about until reading this book, a few nights ago I did some research on the real thing, and I learned more about it. This book also seemed to have a more serious tone to it than the first two.

The ending really shocked me, I never saw it coming. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I won't give anything away. However it was
June Ahern
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me wondering. The ups and downs, the delays, the unfairness, the love, the mystery. This is my second read of "Night Fall" - years apart and I enjoyed more the second time around. Will read more from this author. Starts with an illicit affair and quickly moves to a tragedy. Onward to lies, deceits, and illicit people and events. Can the FBI,once a NY detective, solve the old mystery of a plane accident? He becomes so entangled in things he shouldn't be involved with and his FBI agent wife s ...more
I liked this book much more than The Lion's Game. I suspect it has a lot to do with the fact that this story had more of the hands-on approach than the rest. Whereas the 'mystery' in the previous Corey book was solved in the last pages of the book, "Night Fall" was shrouded in mystery to the end and only slowly revealed its secrets.

John Corey seemed to be more in his element in this book. Or perhaps, all that chasing around masked some of the cynicism and bravado. Don't get me wrong, I like his
It's very uncommon for me to be reading thrillers. I like the genre, but there are other genres that are getting my attention a lot more. This book made me realise that I really should spend more time reading thriller/detectives.

What intrigued me the most about this book is the fact that it is a true story. In 1996 there was an airplane "shot down" after departing from NY and it did crash into the sea. To this day there is still a lot of questionmarks to what happened with this plane.

From the b
Johnny Williams
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes--- I really enjoyed this book a lot. We get to know John Corey a lot better. His humor was still intact giving us an instant belly laugh when it hits you. This may not be the best Nelson has done but its still a good read. He can build a character with the best and draw you into a story reminding you of him being a master in his craft. You will find yourself inside both John's head and the witnesses he pursues--

If you are going to be a fan and going to continue the series-- you "have" to re
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel is not as good as others he's written. There is some good writing, some repetition and I wasn't exactly thrilled with the ending. 4 of 10 stars
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
16 books on my favorites list now 17 love DeMille and John Corey
Rex Fuller
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found John Corey, the lead character in DeMille’s main series, in the 2017 collection of short mysteries entitled Matchup. His basic humanity, in part veiled by and in part revealed by his wisecracking attitude, his anti-PC attitude, and lightning quick mind struck chords with me. So, I read the first book of the series, Plum Island. That sold me and I then read straight through all of the books in the series.

Night Fall (Corey Book 3). When TWA Flight 800 went down, the initial news included c
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot. Based on the true story of TWA 800, the airplane that crashed off the coast of New York in 1997. John Corey is back as a clever, but more mature protagonist than his first appearance in Plum Island. Listening to Scott Brick narrate the book is a treat. Three and a half stars.
Fahad Alrashed
من الصعب الكتابة عن هذه الرواية بدون إفسادها، لذا لا أستطيع الكتابة عنها كثيراً..

لو رأى شخص أمريكي تقييمي لهذه الرواية، لقال أني أنزلت من تقييمها لأنها تتحدث عن الإرهاب، والصحيح أن تقييمها كان سيئاً بالنسبة لي لضعف كبير في الحبكة، وتناقضات وضعها الكاتب فقط لكي يتم حبكته.
لن أتحدث عن الشخصيات، فهي أمر لا يُذكَر مقارنة بالحبكة..
الرواية سياسية ولن يستمتع بها إلا من يحب السياسة، حتى هؤلاء أظنهم لن يستمتعوا بها كثيراً..
Narrar na primeira pessoa tem os seus inconvenientes: tenta-se ser engraçado, sarcástico, corrosivo; as primeiras vezes, tem piada, depois cansa. A história poderia ser melhor aproveitada, assim, prolongou-se em descrições inúteis, salvando-se o epílogo dramático.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book started out as a good book, but revved up and ended as a whopping jaw-dropper. Excellent! This story may not be suitable for young adult readers due to some graphic sex, but the sex is a critical and necessary part of the plot.

This fictional story based on a true event is fast moving, funny, and at the end, grabs you by the throat and pins you to the wall. I listen to audio books on my commute, and this was the only audio book to date that, in the last chapters, I could not stop
Joe Kucharski
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NIGHT FALL could arguably be Nelson DeMille’s definitive John Corey novel as mystery, misery and anguish bookend the novel. And in between, you get John Corey doing what John Corey does best: a lot of great detective work, that pisses a lot of people off, with a lot of great one-liners.

Within NIGHT FALL, DeMille uses the all-too real, and, according to conspiracy theorists, still very-much open, case of TWA 800’s explosion and crash off Long Island, NY in 1996 and involves former NYPD homicide d
David Earle
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Night Fall” by Nelson DeMille is the fourth, and the best, of the books of his I’ve read to date. In this book DeMille brings back ex-NYPD detective John Corey (from his novel, “Plumb Island”) and a large ensemble of other well-crafted fictional characters that he so masterfully entwines with a very non-fictional event…that being the midair explosion off the coast of Long Island of TWA Flight 800 that occurred on July 17, 1996 – 11 minutes after it took off from JFK bound for Paris, taking the ...more
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille, then moved with his parents to Long Island. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United S
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