|"Otis Parker, I noted, was wearing good shoes and good slacks and a nice white shirt. His snappy sports jacket hung on a coat tree nearby I couldn't tell if he was wearing a tie because he was facedown. So obviously he'd been sitting at his desk when the bookcase behind him had somehow tipped away from the wall and silently fallen on him, his desk, and his chair. He may have seen or felt a few books landing around him, but basically he never knew what hit him. Indeed, it looked like an accident. Except why did a thousand-pound bookcase fall forward? Well, shit happens. Ironic, too that Otis Parker was killed by the books he loved. Okay, the bookcase killed him. But that's not what the New York Post would say. They'd say, "Killed by the books he loved."|
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The Book Case
By Nelson DeMille
I hadn't read DeMille for quite some time given my steady incoming requests for reviews; however, when I saw the title plus written by a well-known author, I had to get it. OK, I admit it--my passion for books extends to reading books about...books! I'm certainly glad I got this one.
Every author must think of just writing for fun once in awhile...J. P. Lane admitted to me that she had often laughed as she wrote The Tangled Web. I'm certainly not going to get the chance to discuss this short story with Nelson DeMille, but I got the same feeling as I enjoyed this quick mystery...
One of the things mentioned was that he was going to solve the murder mystery before he called in CSI! Ha! Can you blame police detectives with all the CSI shows going on TV where the detectives silently stand in the background while the technicians solve the case? I enjoy both but for a professional detective like Detective John Corey, he knows who really solves the cases! And within a minute or two being on the crime scene, he had declared that the apparent accidental death had been murder!
The crime scene: Owner Otis Parker, at the Dead End Bookstore, is sitting at his office desk; a large book-filled bookcase has fallen over and killed him...
|The Murder Weapon|
Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.
DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He was decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
DeMille returned to the States and went back to Hofstra University where he received his degree in Political Science and History. He has three children, Lauren, Alexander, and James, and still lives on Long Island.
DeMille's earlier books were NYPD detective novels. His first major novel was By the Rivers of Babylon, published in 1978 and still in print, as are all his succeeding novels. He is a member of The Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and American Mensa. He holds three honorary doctorates: Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University, Doctor of Literature from Long Island University, and Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College.
Nelson DeMille is the author of: By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey,Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General's Daughter, Spencerville,Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Gate House and The Lion. He also co-authored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories, book reviews, and articles to magazines and newspapers.