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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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    Amazon Customer JERMYN, PA 02-29-04
    Amazon Customer JERMYN, PA 02-29-04 Member Since 2011

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    "The Beach House"

    If you like John Grisham books, you will like this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sf mommy 99 02-03-04
    sf mommy 99 02-03-04

    Love reading, hard to find the time! audible member since 2006

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    "A Muni-ride must read!"

    I love James Patterson and "The Beach House" did not disappoint. I actually looked forward to my bus ride into work so that I could listen to it. I couldn't put it down, I actually wore my iPod to bed several times so I could listen. Having spent a little time in the Hamptons, Patterson's images just jumped out at me. I'm going to load another of his books right now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Dillon, MT, USA 12-29-03
    Jeffrey Dillon, MT, USA 12-29-03
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this story. It held my attention, is well told and kept me on the edge of my seat. I listened to it from start to finish. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Tacoma, WA, USA 07-07-03
    Dan Tacoma, WA, USA 07-07-03
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    "Make another selection"

    Plot & characters not believable, doesn't work even as a "beach book".

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence jacksonville, FL, USA 10-27-03
    Lawrence jacksonville, FL, USA 10-27-03 Member Since 2006
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    "irritating"

    Normaly a bad book just puts me to sleep, this one just makes me sick.

    The main character is at both so bubbly and whining that I would find it difficult to reccomend to my dentist as a payback for the drilling on my last visit.

    Forget about this book, forget you ever thought about this book. Go out and get a good root canal, you'll be better off.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christie 03-12-04
    Christie 03-12-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointed with ending"

    I won't give it away - but I will say that I was disappointed with the ending. The author could have been so much more creative. I think he endorsed the vigilante style a bit too much this way.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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