by Nelson DeMille

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The cold war is over, and Keith Landry, one of the nation's top intelligence officers, is forced into early and unwanted retirement. Restless, Landry returns to Spencerville, the small Midwestern town where he grew up. The place has changed in the quarter century since Landry stepped off his front porch into the world, but two important people from his past are still there: Annie Prentis, his first love, and Cliff Baxter, the high school bully who became the police chief of Spencerville and Annie's possessive husband. They're all about to come together again-and rip Spencerville apart with violence, vengeance, and renewed passion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455581801
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 450,079
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther and Radiant Angel. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, and The General's Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture. For more information, you can visit NelsonDeMille.net.


Long Island, New York

Date of Birth:

August 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974

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Spencerville 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
arpec More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Nelson DeMille's books, and I am not convinced that he wrote this book. The language is different. The punctuation is different and has uncharacteristic mistakes. The character development is different, the humor is missing, etc., etc. DeMille is a proud author, and it is inconceivable that he would accept a ghost-written novel. Puzzling, puzzling, puzzling.
aduffee More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely not as thrilling or suspenseful as the other books I've read by DeMille. I thought the characters were predictable as well as the ending. I could anticipate exactly how it would play out, I just kept reading to see if my guess was correct. There were a lot of scenes within the story that were completely irrelevant and instead of being diversions for the real outcome, they were merely page fillers. I was disappointed, but will continue to read DeMille's books based on the majority that were terrific!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A true DeMille fan, I thought this was not his best work. Very predictable and sometimes got bogged down. Overall a good read, but not up to DeMille standards. Perhaps more enjoyable to someone reading their first DeMille book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd DeMille novel I've read and also the one I liked least (LOVED Lion's Game and really liked Plum Island). However, I did find it hard to put down and finished it within two days. Keith Landry's 'say-it-like-it-is' attitude made me laugh out loud more than once, while Cliff Baxter's brutal character made me want to take the next train to Spencerville and punch his lights out. I found myself almost cheering for Annie and Keith, hoping they'd just get in the car and GO!

This book does have some disturbing violence against women (and poor puppy dogs!) so if you're sensitive to those areas, beware! Overall, a good book...

Kaiser-Soze More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed DeMille's other novels very much, but Spencerville was a dog in every way. He's definitely not one for love stories. This was rife with bad writing, the same repetitive scenes and dialogue, high school thoughts and verbalizations coming from alleged adults. The main character was flat and both he and his love interest seemed trapped in high school, the villain was a one-dimensional caricature, and I found myself not caring whether the two ever reunited. The events at the end were gratutitous and predictable. The book, which shouldn't have been published, was 300-400 pages too long. I've never read a book with so many scenes that did not advance the plot or pace of a story. I'm sorry to be so negative, but after enjoying Night Fall, Wildfire, Up Country, and The General's Daughter so much, this was a dud of epic proportions. Mr. DeMille should stick with a smartass and verbal hero, as the strong and silent type who's void of emotion doesn't play well in a novel. I only finished the book out of repsect for the author but wished I hadn't for that's time in my life I'll never get back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writing was very competent, the characterisation was excellent, but the story was lacking and so predictable. This was neither a romance, nor a thriller, nor an intrigue- it was just plain dull. The reader always knows what's going to happen there are no surprises and for over 400 pages it goes on way toooooooo long. Skip this one. There are plenty of other great reads out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first Nelson Demille novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was totally engrossed while reading it, and couldn't get it out of my mind when I wasn't reading it. One night I brought the book to bed with me and the next thing I knew the alarm clock was sounding the next morning. I am now trying to decide which Nelson Demille novel to read next. I found the writing style to be direct and to the point written in everyday language. The setting and characters were very visual; like watching a movie with subtitles, instead of reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Realize going in that this is not the usual DeMille novel. It is actually a pretty good story and the fact that I even finished it is a tribute to his writing ability. In hindsight though I would have read another of his previous novels over again and avoided this one.
Noisy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd delayed reading this for a long time because it was such a weighty tome, and I've not had much reading time lately to devote to getting through such a book in a relatively short space of time. I was also not really in the mood for a spy/terrorist/war type thriller: I didn't read the blurb on the back. Well, I could finally put it off no longer, and started it with the intention of reading in my accustomed style. The first surprise was that the main protagonist had left whatever murky world he had inhabited, and headed back home to the American sticks. The second was, that this looked as if it was heading to have an element of romance in it. The third was, that if the romance was going to happen, why did it take almost half the book for the couple to actually meet each other. The fourth was that the murky past of the character was never explored. Of course, the first part of the book was spent in establishing the characters, and the feel of the environment around Spencerville, the main character's hometown. Doesn't sound like a lot happened, then, and yet I was setting more and more time aside to carry on reading. Finally, the head of steam was released, and events started piling on top of one another: some well telegraphed, but enough were out of the blue. And I ended up reading through the night to polish it off ...Overall, pleasantly surprised, and the violence at the end was what I'd expected all along (in ferocity, if not in its nature).
Jarratt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got through about 15% of this book before putting it down. I love Nelson DeMille's John Corey books, but most everything else I've tried of his reads like a bad Lifetime movie. (Which is to say, any Lifetime movie!).His antagonist, Cliff Baxter, is a stereotypical evil bully chief of police in a small town. He lords over everyone, including his wife, who makes a half-hearted attempt to kill him early on. Ironically, her former lover, Keith Landry, moves back to town from his career as a national intelligence officer. He still has feelings for her, although he knows she¿s married. Think Keith and Cliff will do battle later on? I¿m assuming so, but I¿m not sticking around to find out.DeMille seems more interested in describing every acre of Spencerville and its politics than in telling a good story. Which is unfortunate, because most of the Cory novels (except ¿Up Country¿) are great.
sloepoque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not the kind of book Nelson DeMille usually writes, so I wasn't expecting to read what amounts to a fairy tale with explicit sex and violence. Keith Landry has spent his adult life working for the government fighting the cold war. When that part of history ends, he is released from his job into an early retirement. He decides to go back to Spencerville, Ohio, the small agricultural town where he was born and grew up. This is also the place where the love of his life, Annie Prentis, still lives, although now she's married to the town's Chief Of Police who is a sadistic bully. Annie and Keith have maintained a platonic correspondence over the years, but both of them have thoughts of being together some day if and when they meet again. With Keith's return to Spencerville, the stage is set for the couple to reunite. Annie is ready to leave her husband, and Keith would like nothing more than to assist her so she'll be with him.While the situations faced by the people in this story are very adult, the whole mood of the developing situations is adolescent. The one part that rings true is the sense of nostalgia DeMille infuses into the story. Anyone who has grown up in a small town will recognize the sense of unity; of people looking out for one another, and of the notion that everyone knows who you are and who you belong to. Whether DeMille is writing about the bar in the center of town or the general store visited by most of the towns' people, that feeling of pleasant past memories comes through to the reader.While I wouldn't recommend this book as one of DeMille's best, it is an interesting story and a worthwhile read.
buffalogr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Demille novel that kept my rapt interest. It had spies, crime, a big fat sheriff, love, and was set in the nation's heartland. Great listen from Audible.com.
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