Beach Road

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446619141
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/29/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 176,496
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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 240 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. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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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...)



Excerpted from Beach Road by James Patterson Peter de Jonge Copyright © 2006 by James Patterson . Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    Kept my interest, but the Ending was a bit weak.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    highly recommend

    Have become a fast fan of James Patterson

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Kind of slow with an unbelievable and disappointing ending

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Wow

    First book I ever read of Patterson's and I enjoyed it. Unexpected ending.

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

    Not bad. The ending felt rushed though.

    Not bad. The ending felt rushed though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Got

    3 mice 2 spuarls

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Kyle

    Whats up people?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Grace

    Hey girlies

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    Posted January 15, 2014

    Jessie

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Lulu

    Hey. I am ambers twin. Do u like her?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Ryhan

    Yeah lulu you can i smike at mariah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Beach Road

    I loved this book. James Patterson is an amazing writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    DelaneyFinn

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Thrilling

    Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Good book

    It was a good book. It rolls along like a normal book when a twist comes and blows your mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    The best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    Great read! Highly interesting story! Must read

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

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    CD/Legal Thriller-less/Stinker: What a piece of craptaular writ

    CD/Legal Thriller-less/Stinker: What a piece of craptaular writing. Not only do the characters have the depth of a ten page short story, everything at chapter 105 and after, counters any character development with the rest of the book.
    Spoiler: I'll admit right now that I saw a review that pretty much gave away who the murderer was. So I spent the whole time trying to figure out which of the few obvious suspects it was. I was a plot twist all right, but not in a good way. There were no real red herrings that made you think one person or persons, only to be completely fooled. It was more like you were given nothing and then there was a murderer. The book was supposed to be about redemption, but the murderer was a sociopath.
    Another big problem: the name dropping. I'm sick of it in Patterson books. It's too contrived and is just plain stupid. All's you think is, "Yeah, right." If he would use fictional names, it would work better for me. Spielberg and Clooney aren't going to do a movie about this case. It was pointless and really took away from the book because then, he uses fictional characters for O.J. and Cochran.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Xavier to arriele

    Go to the third result of beach

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    When I pick up a James Patterson novel, I am guaranteed to be en

    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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