The Lion's Game

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The Lion's Game
Author Nelson DeMille
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Publication date
January 6, 2000
Pages 688
ISBN 0-446-67909-7
OCLC 53085378
Preceded by Plum Island
Followed by Night Fall

The Lion's Game is a 2000 novel by American author Nelson DeMille. It is the second of DeMille's novels to feature the detective John Corey, now working as a contractor for the fictional FBI Anti-Terrorist Task Force in New York. The 2004 novel Night Fall is a sequel to The Lion's Game and takes place approximately one year later. The book also briefly mentions events from other DeMille novels like The Charm School and The Gold Coast, that aren't strictly part of the Corey-universe.

Plot summary[edit]

The book opens with Corey, his new FBI boss Kate Mayfield, CIA agent Ted Nash and FBI agent George Foster (both introduced in the previous Corey novel, Plum Island), awaiting the arrival of a defecting Libyan terrorist, Asad Khalil, at John F. Kennedy Airport. However, even before the Boeing 747 from Paris has landed, it becomes apparent that something is unusual about the flight.[1] It turns out that a terrorist from Libya (his name Asad meaning the lion) poisoned all passengers with a toxic fume and the plane landed on auto-pilot. In the brouhaha after the landing the terrorist escapes and starts his personal feud in the US.

Film adaptation[edit]

According to the official Nelson DeMille website, a movie about The Lion's Game (and Plum Island) will be released. The rights to the novel were bought by Columbia Pictures in January 2000.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

George Hackett, writer for The Press of Atlantic City, said that "for sheer suspense, there's nothing better than the opening of Nelson DeMille's latest thriller".[3]


  1. ^ ElSaman, Soha (April 27, 2010). "Q&A with Nelson DeMille: All the lion games". Almasry Alyoum. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Walker, Tom (February 13, 2000). "Terrorism drives "Lion's Game'"We've been lucky,'says author Nelson DeMille". The Denver Post. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Hackett, George (April 16, 2000). "'Lion's Game' Ferociously Good Thriller". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 

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