The Maze - Nelson DeMille

The Maze

By Nelson DeMille

  • Release Date: 2022-10-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,322 Ratings


#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille returns with a “genuinely thrilling” (The New York Times) suspense novel 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.

Nelson DeMille introduced readers to NYPD Homicide Detective John Corey in Plum Island, who we first meet sitting on the back porch of his uncle’s waterfront estate on Long Island, recovering from wounds incurred in the line of duty.

Six novels later, The Maze opens with Corey on the same porch, having survived new law enforcement roles and romantic relationships—wiser and more sarcastic than ever. 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.

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

As Corey digs deeper into this case, he comes to suspect that the failure of the local police to solve this sensational mystery may not be a result of their 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 shocking plot twists that are the trademark of the bestselling author Nelson DeMille, “the master of smart, entertaining suspense” (Bookreporter).


  • Not what I expected.

    By MTerry001
    This book was no Plumb Island, not even close. Almost as ridiculous as Stuart Woods has become. The only thing that had my attention was Beth Penrose, and in the end even she was of no interest. Dont waste your money.
  • The Maze. Nelson DeMille

    By Wet again
    As the title implies…a maze of confusion, promises, lies?John Corey a former NYPD homicice detective and has worked for more clandestine government agencies than god has ever created is forced into a dilemma. Follow his heart are his training. An excellent read!!! My highest recommendation!!
  • Major disappointment!

    By dj-wa
    Have thoroughly enjoyed all his past books. Seriously thought the plot would get better but even the title scene fell flat for me. The whole book portrayed Cory as a pathetic attention seeking horny juvenile. Sad, sad let down and hope just this one is his only dud.
  • Excellent

    By bu stu
    Always a treat to read
  • Slow To What?

    By Grandpa Artie
    This is the worst John Cory book I Have read.No action till the end, too many details leading to a hard to believe ending. When listening ,many times it was impossible to ascertain his thoughts from his actual words. The whole book seemed like a long audition for a job.
  • So sad….

    By avidread111
    I have enjoyed DeMille’s books in the past, but this one was awful! I could barely stand John Corey in this book. Stupid one-liners, hateful to women, and an arrogant egomaniac.
  • Disappointing

    By mas007.5
    Huge disappointment; read like a screenplay for a poor TV movie; huge fan of DeMille and read every one so his books, but this feels like it was mailed in because he owed his publisher a book. sad.
  • Short

    By Regaleagle59
    So many topics that need to be explored. Corey’s relationship with Kate and Beth. There’s lots of room for another John Corey book.
  • Couldn’t finish it

    By MKB58
    I have been a fan of DeMille for a long time and have read many of his books, but I couldn’t finish this one. His character has not grown or evolved at all and the scenes are just to contrived. I am disappointed and sorry I spent the money.
  • Just Not Sure!!

    By BestMeAlways
    I have read all of the John Corey stories and have enjoyed all of them, matter fact, I don’t remember ever laughing so hard at a story as I have in the John Cory series. This eighth story in the series has me a little on the fence. It doesn’t seem to be of the same caliber has the previous stories before it. I guess I would say read it for yourself and see what you think. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.