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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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  • Sari
  • Chatsworth, CA, USA
  • 12-19-02

Exciting

This is my first Patterson's book. I enjoyed listening to this one.
Can't wait to listen to his other books.

14 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • Williamsburg, VA, United States
  • 10-16-12

Won't get a mass marketed book again...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better writing, no musical background.

What could James Patterson and Peter de Jonge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Better character development, better writing.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gil Bellows?

Don't know.

Any additional comments?

I just thought this was very poorly written.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sit Back and Enjoy

This is among the top audio books I've experienced. The narrator is excellent, drawing you in with his easy cadence. He sounds just like the characters as he takes you on a compelling dramatic journey. The story unfolds in surprising directions keeping you captive to the very end. A terrific choice!

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  • Sharlene
  • Pembroke Pines, FL, USA
  • 08-14-04

Excellent

Of all the audiobooks I've "read" in my year of membership, this is definitely one of the best. The development of the characters, the believable and captivating plot were outstanding. I liked the distinct character voices and the musical interludes for effect. Definitely a must-read!

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great book and amazing performance by reader

loved the readers voices for characters made it a lot easier to follow along with the story. the book itself was great and had amazing depth and focus on details

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<br />great book takes place in montauk and dsg hsrbôr

you will love this book exciting and you know all the placed ang named ecviting

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One of my Favs

I've read the book numerous times and was impressed by te audible version though I think they could of found a better narrator

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Movie Maker. I want to see the courtroom that took

really liked it. should be a movie so we can all see the hero's conduct their mock trial

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The best book.

This book was one of the best books I've ever read. I only raged about one part but it's a really good book.