The Maze - Nelson DeMille

The Maze

By Nelson DeMille

  • Release Date: 2022-10-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 957 Ratings


#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille returns with a blistering thriller featuring his most popular series character, former NYPD homicide detective John Corey, called out of retirement to investigate a string of grisly murders much too close to home.

In his dazzling #1 bestseller, Plum Island, Nelson DeMille introduced readers to NYPD Homicide Detective John Corey, who we first meet sitting on the back porch of his uncle’s waterfront estate on Long Island, convalescing from wounds incurred in the line of duty. A visit from the local Chief of Police results in the legendary Detective Corey becoming involved in the investigation of the murders of a married couple who were scientists at the top-secret biological research facility on Plum Island.

Fast forward through six more bestselling John Corey novels and The Maze opens with Corey on the same porch, but now in forced retirement from his last job as a Federal Agent with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Corey is restless and looking for action, so when his former lover, Detective Beth Penrose, appears with a job offer, Corey has to once again make some decisions about his career—and about reuniting with Beth Penrose.

Inspired by, and based on the actual and still unsolved Gilgo Beach murders, The Maze takes the reader on a dangerous hunt for an apparent serial killer who has murdered nine—and maybe more—prostitutes and hidden their bodies in the thick undergrowth on a lonely stretch of beach.

As Corey digs deeper into this case, which has made national news, he comes to suspect that the failure of the local police to solve this sensational case may not be a result of their inexperience and incompetence—it may be something else. Something more sinister.

The Maze features John Corey’s politically incorrect humor, matched by his brilliant and unorthodox investigative skills along with the surprising and shocking plot twists that are the trademark of the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Nelson DeMille.


  • Next time: less repetition, more action.

    By GruntledGuy
    Given the thin plot, had Demille not obsessed repeatedly over Corey’s cynicism and sexual urges, the book would have been one-third as long. Makes you suspect that the author got paid by the word, not for an expertly told tale. That said, Demille can turn a phrase and his action scenes are excellent.
  • Definitely not good

    I started out loving this series but after this novel, I won’t waste the money. The one track mind quips got old fast because it was non-stop. Story was slow moving with a so-so ending.
  • DNF…It was that bad

    By dabbdbcjb
    This is the worst book I have ever read by DeMille. It was so full of f-this and f-that along with misogynistic writing that I have had enough with this series and this writer. I realize he’s trying to create a truly flawed character is John Corey but I’m done. No more DeMille books.
  • Worse than all his other books

    By Billy Albert
    I’ve read all of the past DeMille books and liked them. I read the first 25% of this one and absolutely ALL that he did was interview for a new job. I couldn’t continue.
  • John Corey Rides Again

    By clegeman
    Another John Corey thriller that has funny moments and plenty of action.
  • The Maxe

    By FsM701
    Weak story
  • The Maze

    By JPB 9871
    Another excellent DeMille John Corey story. Typically also very funny!
  • Just as I expected

    By trisha's reads
    Love John Cory. DeMille never disappoints
  • Great Ending

    By Samnite100
    Seems John Corey is getting soft in his old age! Still great read.
  • Always a good read

    By twpk$$
    Many Corey great one liners so didn’t disappoint.