The Beach House

The Beach House

A Novel

Large Print - 2002
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Jack Mullen is in law school in New York City when the shocking news comes that his brother Peter has drowned in the ocean off East Hampton. Jack knows his brother and knows this couldn't be an accident. Someone must have wanted his brother dead.

But the powers that be say otherwise. As Jack tries to uncover details of his brother's last night, he confronts a barricade of lawyers, police, and paid protectors who separate the multibillionaire summer residents from local workers like Peter. And he learns that his brother wasn't just parking cars at the summer parties of the rich. He was making serious money satisfying the sexual needs of the richest women and men in town.

"The Beach House" reveals the secret lives of celebrities in a breathtaking drama of revenge -- with a finale so shocking it could only have come from the mind of James Patterson.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2002.
Edition: 1st Large Print ed.
ISBN: 9780316733748
0316733741
Characteristics: 458 p. ; 24 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.

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Justsaymo01
Jun 18, 2014

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

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rahmmie
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.

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Mystiquity
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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