Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to the Custer Hill Club an informal men's club set in a luxurious Adirondack hunting lodge whose members include some of America's most powerful business leaders, military men, and government officials.
Ostensibly, the club is a place to gather with old friends, hunt, eat, drink, and talk off-the-record about war, life, death, sex and politics. But one fall weekend, the Executive Board of the Custer Hill Club gathers to talk about the tragedy of 9/11 and what America must do to retaliate. Their plan is finalized and set into motion.
That same weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is reported missing. His body is soon discovered in the woods near the Custer Hill Club's game reserve. The death appears to be a hunting accident, and that's how the local police first report it, but Detective John Corey has his doubts. As he digs deeper, he begins to unravel a plot involving the Custer Hill Club, a top-secret plan known only by its code name: Wild Fire.
Racing against the clock, Detective Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, find they are the only people in a position to stop the button from being pushed and chaos from being unleashed.
"Set in October 2002, bestseller DeMille's can't-put-it-down fourth thriller to feature ex-NYPD detective John Corey (after 2004's Night Fall) involves an American right-wing plot to suitcase-nuke two U.S. cities. The idea is to provoke an existing government plan called Wild Fire that automatically responds to nuclear terrorism in the homeland with a nuclear attack that will wipe out most of the Middle East. That such a plan probably exists, according to an opening author's note, heightens the tension. Corey and his FBI agent wife, Kate Mayfield, set off to find antiterrorist agent Harry Muller, who has disappeared after being assigned surveillance duties at the Custer Hill Club, a rich man's hunting lodge in upstate New York. John and Kate are a wisecracking, affectionate, deadly duo, with a new resolve born in the tragedy of the World Trade Center bombing. This tour de force of relentless narrative power neither stops nor slows for twists or turns, but charges straight ahead in the face of danger." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright © Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[An] exciting and uncomfortably realistic thriller....As usual, DeMille appears to have done a ton of research....It really is tough to tell what parts of his novels are real and what are the products of his imagination." Booklist
"[Federal anti-terror agent and ex-NYPD detective John] Corey proves once again that doomsday is nothing a street-smart New York cop can't handle. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he exciting sequel to DeMille's hugely successful Night Fall....[F]ast-paced and thrilling....An excellent read for a multitude of reasons. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Too long, too repetitive, too many one-liners that don't quite work, but Corey's hard-nosed way with a bad guy (homegrown as well as foreign) may resonate even with the skeptical." Kirkus Reviews
"Both Corey and DeMille are at the top of their form in this uncomfortably plausible thriller....This is a perfect work of page-turning suspense, one that hits uncomfortably close to what could be truth." The Denver Post
"Wild Fire reads like, well, wild fire. The only problem comes when it's over which it is all too quickly. I instantly wanted more. I can only hope that Nelson DeMille is hard at work on John Corey's next mission." BookReporter.com
"The real problem is that this thriller isn't thrilling....There was a period of a few years after 9/11 when no one was taking advantage of the event for cheap entertainment thrills. Those days have passed." Rocky Mountain News
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille comes a suspenseful new novel featuring Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, and an all-too-plausible conspiracy to detonate a nuclear bomb in two major cities. Available in a oversized Premium Edition.
About the Author
Nelson DeMille is also the author of Night Fall, Up Country, The Lion's Game, Plum Island, The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Talbot Odyssey, Cathedral, and By the Rivers of Babylon. He lives on Long Island, New York.