The first book I read on my Kindle was Plum Island by Nelson DeMille. Being a fan of Jack Reacher and Alex Cross novels I instantly identified with John Corey.
Plum Island marks the first appearance of NYPD homicide detective, John Corey. In this book Corey is genuinely funny for a lot of the time. Corey was not intended to have multiple appearances, but he was so well received in this book, that the author was persuaded to let him have more outings.
This is an interesting story. Corey, a street-smart New York detective, is convalescing from an attempt to kill him and is asked by a friend of his, who is the local police chief in Southold, a small Long Island township, for help in solving the murders of a local couple. As the couple worked for a USA government microbiological research facility, there is some confusion as to the motive behind the homicide and a definite party line to avoid causing alarm locally. However, Corey digs in deep, makes himself unpopular in many quarters and eventually chases the case down to its, initially unexpected outcome. Along the way there is plenty of action, twists galore, a fair helping of romantic interest and quite a lot of tension particularly towards the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, certainly a page turner for much of the time. It is quite a long book, but all the narrative is central to the plot and there is no padding as with some leading authors. Highly recommended.