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The Maze by Nelson DeMille
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it was amazing

PLUM ISLAND was one of my all-time favorite books. Great story, great setting, and John Cory, a former NYPD Homicide Detective, now retired but not by his own choosing. Still smart, or smart-assed, still confident, sometimes overly so, and still as sarcastic as one can be. Nelson DeMille has created many fascinating characters during is career but for me Cory tops the list. In THE MAZE, he is asked by a former lover Detective Beth Penrose to infiltrate a high-profile PI firm where several of Cory’s old friends, and enemies, are employed. That the firm is corrupt and has its fingers in the political and power structure of the area is a given, but are its owner and principle players involved in a series of mysterious murders? Cory must get inside and sniff out the evidence and in doing so enters a world of good versus evil, right versus wrong, and Cory is in the middle of the stew, which leads to a climax that is literally pulse-pounding. DeMille at his best.

DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series
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message 1: by Angie (last edited Jan 21, 2023 07:22PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Angie Dolan I liked the book almost as much as you did. Just disagree with one thing: Beth and Max don’t ask Cory to infiltrate the PI firm. They ask Cory to go to a job interview there which, they tell him, will be pretty much hearing Steve Landowski out regarding a job offer to Corey, because Landowski is already that eager to hire him.
Beth and Max hide from Corey their motives for urging him to go hear Landowski out regarding a job offer at the PI firm, for three reasons.
(1) They don’t want Corey’s impressions of the PI firm to be colored by a prior report they gave him of their suspicions about the PI firm. In other words, they want to get the benefit of Corey’s unbiased impressions of the place.
(2) They want Corey to go there uninformed because it’s much less likely Corey will arouse suspicion by behaving in a way that makes him appear to Landowski to be a spy if Corey genuinely isn’t yet a spy and hasn’t yet heard anything much that’s bad about Landowski.
(3) They want Corey to join them in investigating Landowski’s business, NOT because they’ve persuaded him that it should be further investigated but because he’s persuaded by what he can see for himself. That’s the real meaning of the question Beth and Max ask Corey once he tells Beth, in so many words, that Landowski’s firm stinks to high heaven of corruption, and he’s guessed she and Max didn’t really encourage him to go to the interview with Landowski because they want him to just be happy working there. The question Beth and Max then ask Corey, you’ll recall, is “Are you in?”.
I think it’s after Corey reaches an agreement with Landowski about a job, and attends a luncheon held in his honor to introduce him to the rest of the PI firm, that Corey tells Beth his guess about what she and Max were really up to when they encouraged him to go hear out Landowski’s job offer.

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