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Beach Road

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by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
     
 

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Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy's client list is woefully small - occasional real estate closings barely keep him in paper clips. When he is hired to defend a local man accused in a triple murder that has the East Hampton world in an uproar, he knows that he has found the case of his lifetime.
The crime turns the glittering playground for the super-rich into a

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Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy's client list is woefully small - occasional real estate closings barely keep him in paper clips. When he is hired to defend a local man accused in a triple murder that has the East Hampton world in an uproar, he knows that he has found the case of his lifetime.
The crime turns the glittering playground for the super-rich into a blazing inferno. Dunleavy's client is a local hero, but Dunleavy knows the case rests atop a volcano of money, deception, and forbidden desires. His client is the perfect fall guy - unless he can find the key that unlocks the secret rooms of the gilt-shrouded set.
When Dunleavy is joined by his former flame, the savvy and well-connected attorney, Kate Costello, he believes he has a chance. But payback is a bitch - especially from the rich. The violent retaliations of billionaires threatened by his investigation exceed anything Dunleavy has ever seen. With the entire nation's eyes on him in a new Trial of the Century, Dunleavy orchestrates a series of revelations that lead to a stunning outcome - only to find afterward that the truth is wilder than anything he ever imagined.

Editorial Reviews

The life of Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy bears no resemblance to those of his TV counterparts. Day after day, he scrapes by with routine real estate closings; nothing more exciting ever comes his way. Then one day, out of the blue, he is hired to defend a local hero accused of a triple homicide. Almost immediately, this honest advocate realizes that his hapless client is only a fall guy, but proving it involves dangerous liaisons with people privy to sordid secrets of the Hamptons rich. To solve the case, Dunleavy reconnects with former girlfriend and hotshot attorney Kate Costello. James Patterson in full flight.
Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Patterson shows signs of having gone to the well too often in this slapdash collaboration with de Jonge, his coauthor on The Beach House (2002). Tom Dunleavy, a former professional basketball player and local East Hampton legend, is getting by as an underworked and unmotivated attorney. His sports glory days and his one true love are long in the past, but he gets second chances at personal and professional redemption when three locals are gunned down, apparently in the aftermath of racial tensions arising from a heated pickup game of hoops. The police seize on Dante Halleyville, the country's best high school star, as their suspect, and Dunleavy must dust off his old courtroom skills and enlist his lost love, Kate Costello, as his partner. Patterson readers know to expect a surprise ending, but he leaves too few possibilities for many to be genuinely fooled. Fans can only hope that Patterson soon returns to the level he achieved with his Alex Cross series. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A struggling Montauk lawyer agrees to defend a local man accused of murdering several flashy Hamptons types and finds himself in the midst of another trial of the century. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446619141
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/29/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
241,086
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.12(d)

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Beach Road


By James Patterson Peter de Jonge

Little, Brown

Copyright © 2006 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-16711-8


Chapter One

Nikki Robinson

SEVENTEEN AND CRIMINALLY CUTE, Nikki Robinson sulks through the sultry afternoon trying to keep from staring at her useless shocking-pink cell phone. She hasn't heard from Feifer in three days and is getting the awful feeling she's already been dumped and just hasn't been told yet.

So when Nikki's cell rings while she's waiting in line to pay for her drink at Kwik Mart, her heart goes off with it. She grabs for the phone so fast her best friend, Rowena, behind the counter flashes her a disapproving look that says, "Chill, girl."

Rowena is all about maintaining dignity under romantic duress, and as usual, she's right. It's only Maidstone Interiors calling about a cleaning job for Nikki out in Montauk.

Nikki has been working for Maidstone all summer and likes it okay, but the thing about Maidstone is that she never knows where they're going to send her.

It takes Nikki forty minutes to drive from Kings Highway in Bridgehampton to Montauk, and another five to find the hilly neighborhood perched just above Route 27 where all the streets are named for dead presidents-and not the recent ones, the ones who have been dead awhile.

Forty-one Monroe is neither a mansion nor a dump, but somewhere in between, and as soon as she gets through the door,she sees it's nothing catastrophic and was probably rented by a couple, maybe a small family.

Besides the steady money, what Nikki likes best about this job is that she's alone. She may be cleaning white folks' houses, but at least they aren't standing over her shoulder, watching and supervising her every move. Plus she can dress how she wants, and so she pulls off her jeans and T-shirt, revealing a skimpy two-piece bathing suit underneath. She puts on her headphones and some R. Kelly, and gets busy.

Nikki starts with the ground-floor bedroom. She gathers the dirty towels and strips the sheets, balls them up in a giant damp pile, and wrestles it down the steep basement staircase. She quickly gets the first load of wash running, then races all the way up to the second floor, and by now her dark skin, which she sometimes loves and sometimes hates, is shimmering.

When she reaches the landing, there's a funky smell in the air, as if someone's been burning incense or, now that she gets a better whiff, smoking reefer.

That's nothing too out of the ordinary. Renters can be stoners too.

But when Nikki swings open the door to the master bedroom, her heart jumps into her mouth, and yet somehow she manages to scream and to think, The white devil.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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Beach Road 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 218 reviews.
NancyChase More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of James Patterson for some time. I guess my favorite novels by Mr. Patterson give or take a few others are "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls". Now, "Beach Road" was in my opinion not up to par for Mr. Patterson & co. I would say that this novel was somewhere in the middle if I was to find a slot to fit this novel in. The only problem I had with the story was the ending. James or Peter, really need to talk to each other because the ending was loose and for me didn't really make sense. Other than the ending the story moved along at the beginning, at a excellent pace, and it kept interest although there were some awkward dalogue here and there. After all that I would still recommend Beach Road.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have become a fast fan of James Patterson
CTK More than 1 year ago
The ending was a shock, but I agree with a lot of the other customer reviews in which it did not fit the rest of the story. The ending felt rushed like the author needed to wrap it up. A slow read. Not too impressed.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author! Never disappointed with his books. Beach Road kept me wanting more and more. The end really shocked me! Love a book that is not predictable and would recommend this book to anyone!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book I ever read of Patterson's and I enjoyed it. Unexpected ending.
Allison9516 More than 1 year ago
Not bad. The ending felt rushed though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. James Patterson is an amazing writer.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Read it one rainy day and was shocked with the ending. READ it worth your time you will enjoy one of JPs best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
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It was a good book. It rolls along like a normal book when a twist comes and blows your mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of his books are very intertainjmg but this one had a twist that made me go back and reread parts to see where i .missed out on what had happened. MY FAVORITE OF ALL HIS GREAT BOOKS!!!!!!! I GIVE IT FIVE STARS PLUS ONE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Highly interesting story! Must read
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Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
When I pick up a James Patterson novel, I am guaranteed to be entertained, sometimes shocked, but always entertained. In Patterson’s novels, I almost always find stories filled with very interesting characters; even the villains are intriguing. I can’t ignore the fact that they reel me in, regardless of whether I love or hate the character. Patterson’s ability to make these characters come to life and leap off the page is very impressive. In Beach Road, he does it again. Tom Dunleavy is a likeable guy. He’s a guy you could be buddies with. After his career with the NBA is sidelined, he becomes a lawyer, though he’s not a very prominent lawyer. Kate Costello is tough as nails. If you are the underdog, you will want her in your corner. She demonstrates a dogged determination to do the right thing; she even walks away from her law firm rather than defend a man she knows is guilty. She is one of those people that will walk through fire for the people she cares for. She used to care for Tom Dunleavy until he broke her heart and she hasn’t forgiven him yet. Dante Halleyville is a young man that bad luck seems to follow. Raised by his grandmother, he struggles to overcome the adversity that has plagued his life and rise above the tragedy that has followed him. He is talented and intelligent and is on his way to a superstar career in the NBA. When he is accused of murder, his life hangs in the balance. This book is narrated by several points of view. Tom, Kate, Dante and Loco, a local drug dealer, who has a keen sense of what is going on, offer their perceptions on the events surrounding them. Tom and Kate agreed to defend Dante and are convinced he’s being set up. Convincing a jury of enough reasonable doubt leaves Tom and Kate with their work cut out for them. This story was a little slow to get going in the beginning, but it changes direction without warning and takes off at high speed. Suddenly, I am caught in the story watching the events unfold, unable to look away. With every visit Tom and Kate make to Dante in jail, the tension mounts. If Dante is innocent, then the killer is still out there and loose ends will need to be tied up. I found myself worrying about the safety of Dante, Tom and Kate. Defending Dante doesn’t sit well with the community and Tom and Kate aren’t highly experienced lawyers. This isn’t one of James Patterson’s best stories, but Beach Road is a story that will pull you in and rip the rug out from under you. When everything is revealed, I felt like I had been hit by a bus. I was shocked and surprised and that is what Patterson is good at. Fans of James Patterson will enjoy this story knowing they are in for a great ride and readers new to his books will enjoy the suspense and intense twists.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book name Beach Road written by James Patterson and Peter De Jong. I will give this book a four out of five. This book was written by favorite author James Patterson so I thought I would like the book. I read this book over and over because I like the book do much. The plot is so well laid out that from the first chapter you are hooked. This story is a thrilling page turner about murder. From the first time I read this book I loved it. Every time I read the book again I catch something I didn't notice the first time I read the book. People that I have talked to didn't like the ending, but I did. I think you should read this book. Especially if you love to read about murder and mystery.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed many James Patterson novels in the past but I have found that lately the books not involved with his two biggest franchises (Alex Cross & Women's Murder Club) have been so uninspired and really bad. I mean like brand new to writing should have never been published bad. Here Patterson, along with his coauthor (whatever that means) gives us a tale tell in the Hamptons but sounds stolen from John Grisham's Ford County. It goes from trivial and predictable to strange with the addition of real celebrities for no other reason than to name drop. Then the twist is bizarre, implausible, and mostly ridiculous. I'm racking my brain to figure out how I could have disliked this more but I did finish it so that has to count for something right? Anyway, this should be avoided.
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