Cuban AffairNelson DeMille’s mystery and thriller novels have enthralled readers for nearly four decades.

A total of some 30 books have been written and published by the author since his first effort, By the Rivers of Babylon in 1978. DeMille’s newest book The Cuban Affair is set for release in September of this year and is on order to be in many of the Pioneer Library System’s hometown libraries.

DeMille’s 74th birthday is Aug. 23, and it’s a good time to look at some of his tantalizing tales that are part of the PLS collection.

The Quest (2013)

After receiving a tip from a dying priest, journeying from the dusty archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely crew of four begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Their adventure pits them against murderous tribesmen, assassins, fanatical Coptic monks, and ultimately, against themselves.

Plum Island

John Corey series (1997-2012)

This seven-part series features the work of NYPD detective John Corey, who battles terrorists, thwarts villains and uncovers potent plots. The series begins with Plum Island, where Corey uncovers a chilling link between a couple’s deaths and the theft and illegal sale of genetically altered viruses, and races against time to stop the possible release of a deadly plague.

The General’s Daughter (1992)

The novel is an intriguing and sophisticated murder mystery of an upstanding military officer – the base commander's daughter – who has been leading an unsavory double life. It’s DeMille’s most highly rated work on Goodreads.