The Beach House

The Beach House

A Novel

Book - 2002
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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 hometwon friends to help him find the truth of Peter's death-no matter how rich or corrupt the people who stand in their way.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316969680
Branch Call Number: FIC Pat
Characteristics: 358 p. : 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: De Jonge, Peter


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DBRL_KrisA Nov 27, 2016

I've said it before, Patterson is a great idea man, he comes up with great book ideas and has the whole thing mapped out with all the plot twists and climactic scenes, but his best books are cowritten with another author. Peter de Jonge is one of his go-to coauthors, and their books are always a pleasure to read.
I only had one big issue with the book, and it may be just a lack of knowledge on my part, and not a fault of the book itself. An inquest is held to determine cause of death; I'd assumed there would be a judge, and that witnesses would be called, but that there wouldn't be a prosecutor or a defense lawyer, because they're just determining cause of death; no one is on trial. But the inquest held in this book has an assistant DA on one side and the high-priced lawyers of a powerful businessman on the other - as if the businessman is on trial. Again, I don't know if this was shoddy research on the authors' part or a misunderstanding of the legal system on my part. Ultimately, though there's a lot of legal action in the book, it's not like something by John Grisham where you can be sure all the legalese has been heavily researched.

Nov 05, 2015

Excellent book loved it

Jun 18, 2014

Another good book by James Patterson. Good murder mystery that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next.

Feb 03, 2014

Excellent book for a day at the beach but don't expect any great writing or plot development. I thought the ending was pretty lame

sablegirl Sep 12, 2012

Another great thriller by James Patterson. This book had a lot of twists and turns and you would never have thought it ended the way it did. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery thriller and highly recommend it.

Jan 25, 2010

A relatively slow beginning (by James Patterson standards), but by mid-book, you find yourself engulfed in the book and rooting for the good guys, until you reach the huge plot twist, then it's just breathtakingly unpredictable.


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