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The Beach House | [James Patterson, Peter de Jonge]

The Beach House

Patterson's latest is "a slick, vastly enjoyable thriller." Jack Mullen's relentless crusade to discover the truth behind his younger brother's death puts him into a head-on collision with one of the most powerful and ruthless men in New York. As it unfolds that his brother was involved with some of the richest women and men in America - in ways Jack never imagined - his dream of justice fades. Only if he can somehow beat the rich at their own game will he be able to avenge his brother.
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Publisher's Summary

Jack Mullen is in law school in New York City when the news comes that his brother, Peter, has drowned in the ocean off East Hampton. Jack knows his brother practically grew up in the water, and that this couldn't be an accident. Someone must have wanted his brother dead.

But the police say otherwise. As Jack tries to uncover details of his brother's last night, he confronts a maddening barricade of lawyers, police, and paid protectors who separate the wealthy summer residents from local workers like Peter. Motivated by a hundred forms of grief, Jack rallies his hometown friends to help him find the truth of Peter's death - no matter how rich or corrupt the people who stand in their way.

Jack's relentless crusade puts him into a head-on collision with one of the most powerful and ruthless men in New York, a man who wipes out resistance with a snap of his fingers. As it unfolds that his brother was involved with some of the richest women and men in America - in ways Jack never imagined - his dream of justice fades. Only if he can somehow beat the rich at their own game will he be able to avenge his brother.

©2002 SueJack Inc., All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

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"A slick, vastly enjoyable thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jennifer Naugatuck, CT, USA 04-24-04
    Jennifer Naugatuck, CT, USA 04-24-04
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    "LOVED IT!!!"

    I thought the story was great! Patterson did it again! He kept me intrigued the whole time. Having Gil Bellows read was a great idea as well, his voice was so soothing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Kingston, MA, USA 01-24-04
    Pamela Kingston, MA, USA 01-24-04
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    "The Beach House"

    The Beach House is by far one of my most favorite audio books. The narration was excellent and the story kept my interest the entire time. I would highly recommend this book. Full of twist and turns and suprises.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susanna Hainesville, IL, USA 09-22-04
    Susanna Hainesville, IL, USA 09-22-04
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    "Great Read!"

    I have read this book in Soft Cover and then listened to the Audio. I was impressed and would recommend it highly.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Corrie 09-02-10
    Corrie 09-02-10

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    "Great listen"

    This is my second James Patterson audio novel and once again, It did not disappoint. I found myself anxiously awaiting my commute to and from work, finding any excuse to drive just so I could listen. Very short, easy to follow and great reading voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Centennial, CO, USA 03-02-08
    Douglas Centennial, CO, USA 03-02-08
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    "Great Suspense"

    I loved listening to this. Drove 1300 mile while listening to this and could not wait to hear more. The audio made it seem like a movie with the very detailed discriptions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Fletty 06-12-07
    E. Fletty 06-12-07
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    "BH Review"

    A real page turner, so to speak. Engaging characters, interesting plot, good narration.

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    04-19-06
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    "Different, Yet Still Good"

    Although I love a good Alex Cross storyline or a Women's Murder Club adventure, it was fun for me to see Patterson break away from these characters and try his hand at an independent set of characters.

    I enjoyed this book very much, thought that the narrator did a great job, and would recommend this book, even if you've never read Patterson before.

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    Susan Oroville, CA, United States 04-22-05
    Susan Oroville, CA, United States 04-22-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Mediocre"

    This was my first Patterson novel, and I fear I have fallen victim to much "hype". The story line was okay, but far from compelling. I found Gil Bellows' whining narrative very annoying as well. To echo several other reviews, the last part of the book was simply too ridiculous to suspend one's disbelief. I wanted to like it, but I can't really recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Fairfax, VA, USA 12-19-04
    Michelle Fairfax, VA, USA 12-19-04 Member Since 2004
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    "You all are kidding right?!?"

    I am a HUGE fan of Patterson. But this book plainly was horrible. It did start out good, but the final 2/3 of the story was just unfathomable. I have a great sense of imagination, and I couldn't even grasp the horrid plot twist.

    If you want good Patterson try Along Came a Spider. The first book in the Alex Cross Series. If you want a good Emotional read, go for Sarah's Diary for Nicolas. ~Also by Patterson.

    Beach House is a story that isnt very good and hardly believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alec Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 02-22-04
    Alec Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 02-22-04 Member Since 2002

    Tell us about yourself! I am a retired lawyer I started as artist a mural and sculpture in 1953 in Mexico. Love Louis L'amour Westerns,

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    "well done"

    I enjoyed the story. Its a passion play with judicial undertones. Corruption of lawyers and police by wealthy evil men and women. Greed and misuse of power by extremely wealthy perverts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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