Lifeguard

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The wildest thriller yet from "one of America's most influential authors" (New York Times)...Working as a lifeguard at a luxurious Florida resort, Ned Kelly meets the woman of his dreams. It feels perfect in every way-except that she's used to caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he's used to burgers and flip-flops.So when Ned's cousin offers to cut him in on a fast break-and-enter job, Ned can't turn it down. The risk is high, and the reward is even greater-$5 million. But the robbery goes devastatingly wrong. Forced...
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The wildest thriller yet from "one of America's most influential authors" (New York Times)...Working as a lifeguard at a luxurious Florida resort, Ned Kelly meets the woman of his dreams. It feels perfect in every way-except that she's used to caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he's used to burgers and flip-flops.So when Ned's cousin offers to cut him in on a fast break-and-enter job, Ned can't turn it down. The risk is high, and the reward is even greater-$5 million. But the robbery goes devastatingly wrong. Forced to run away from his town and the woman he's fallen in love with, Ned knows that only distance and secrecy can save his life. But who is pursuing him? The FBI? Whoever sabotaged the heist? Or is it all somehow tied in to his new love-and his oldest enemies?
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For lifeguard Nick Kelley, things are almost too perfect. He spends his days eying bikini blondes at a posh Florida resort and shares his nights with Tess, his gorgeous girlfriend. To make matters even better, his buddies have offered to cut him a seemingly risk-free role in a painting heist that will make them all millionaires. Then bang, bang, bang, it all explodes: Tess is brutally murdered and all his co-conspirators are massacred, leaving guess who as the leading suspect? Once again, the indefatigable James Patterson delivers.
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Campbell brings a strong presence as narrator to this latest thriller from collaborators Patterson and Gross. Part-time lifeguard/beach bum Ned Kelly meets the woman of his dream-rich and sexy Tess McAuliffe-and thanks to some old childhood friends, he has an opportunity to earn an easy, albeit illegal, $5 million by creating several diversions around town while his friends steal a fortune in art work. When the art disappears and his friends are murdered, Ned finds himself on the run as the FBI's number one suspect in the killings. The authors keep the story moving quickly, providing plenty of twists, turns and close escapes, but little logic or believability. Campbell does a fine job, handling himself with serious aplomb. He shifts easily from third-person narrative to Ned's reflective first-person perspective, and gives each of the supporting characters their own, distinctive voice. His performance rises above the overly melodramatic material. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, May 16). (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Being a lifeguard in Palm Beach, FL, definitely has its perks. Ned Kelly, recently of Boston, lives rent-free in a fantastic home, gets to drive a nice car, and has fallen hard for a beautiful woman who resides in a luxury hotel suite. Ned's idyllic life comes to a sudden end when four of his friends are murdered during an art robbery and the woman is brutally slain in her hotel room. Ned is on the run-from the police, the FBI, and from people who seem determined to kill him. The only people who believe him are an FBI art theft investigator, an old New Zealand buddy, and the rich man who owns the house where Ned lives. Patterson and Gross have come up with an enjoyable thriller, and Billy Campbell is skilled in his presentation of the unique plotting, well-developed characters, and fast-paced action. This will definitely be a hot item in all audio collections.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446617611
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Andrew Gross
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.
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Lifeguard


By James Patterson Andrew Gross

Little, Brown

Copyright © 2005 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-05785-1


Chapter One

"DON'T MOVE," I said to Tess, sweaty and out of breath. "Don't even blink. If you so much as breathe, I know I'm gonna wake up, and I'll be back lugging chaise longues at poolside, staring at this gorgeous girl that I know something incredible could happen with. This will all have been a dream."

Tess McAuliffe smiled, and in those deep blue eyes I saw what I found so irresistible about her. It wasn't just that she was the proverbial ten and a half. She was more than beautiful. She was lean and athletic with thick auburn hair plaited into a long French braid, and a laugh that made you want to laugh, too. We liked the same movies, Memento, The Royal Tenenbaums, Casablanca. We pretty much laughed at the same jokes. Since I'd met her I'd been unable to think about anything else.

Sympathy appeared in Tess's eyes. "Sorry about the fantasy, Ned, but we'll have to take that chance. You're crushing my arm."

She pushed me, and I rolled onto my back. The sleek cotton sheets in her fancy hotel suite were tousled and wet. My jeans, her leopard-print sarong, and a black bikini bottom were somewhere on the floor. Only half an hour earlier, we had been sitting across from each other at Palm Beach's tony Café Boulud, picking at DB burgers-$30 apiece-ground sirloin stuffed with foie gras and truffles.

At some point her leg brushed against mine. We just made it to the bed.

"Aahhh," Tess sighed, rolling up onto her elbow, "that feels better." Three gold Cartier bracelets jangled loosely on her wrist. "And look who's still here."

I took a breath. I patted the sheets around me. I slapped at my chest and legs, as if to make sure. "Yeah," I said, grinning.

The afternoon sun slanted across the Bogart Suite at the Brazilian Court hotel, a place I could barely have afforded a drink at, forget about the two lavishly appointed rooms overlooking the courtyard that Tess had rented for the past two months.

"I hope you know, Ned, this sort of thing doesn't happen very often," Tess said, a little embarrassed, her chin resting on my chest.

"What sort of thing is that?" I stared into those blue eyes of hers.

"Oh, whatever could I mean? Agreeing to meet someone I'd seen just twice on the beach, for lunch. Coming here with him in the middle of the day."

"Oh, that ..." I shrugged. "Seems to happen to me at least once a week."

"It does, huh?" She dug her chin sharply into my ribs.

We kissed, and I felt something between us begin to rise again. The sweat was warm on Tess's breasts, and delicious, and my palm traveled up her long, smooth legs and over her bottom. Something magical was happening here. I couldn't stop touching Tess. I'd almost forgotten what it was like to feel this way.

Split aces, they call it, back where I'm from. South of Boston, Brockton actually. Taking a doubleheader from the Yankees. Finding a forgotten hundred-dollar bill in an old pair of jeans. Hitting the lottery.

The perfect score.

"You're smiling." Tess looked at me, propped up on an elbow. "Want to let me in on it?"

"It's nothing. Just being here with you. You know what they say: for a while now, the only luck I've had has been bad luck."

Tess rocked her hips ever so slightly, and as if we had done this countless times, I found myself smoothly inside her again. I just stared into those baby blues for a second, in this posh suite, in the middle of the day, with this incredible woman who only a few days before hadn't been conceivable in my life.

"Well, congratulations, Ned Kelly." Tess put a finger to my lips. "I think your luck's beginning to change."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Lifeguard by James Patterson Andrew Gross Copyright © 2005 by James Patterson . Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    I love Patterson. Even when his books aren’t his usual na

    I love Patterson. Even when his books aren’t his usual nail-biting, edge of my seat, have no food in the house or clean underwear because I’m ignoring my domestic chores books. Sadly, Lifeguard is one of those books. It was just OK for me. Ned Kelly is a likeable character and I felt a lot of empathy for him and what he goes through in this story. Unfortunately, Ned doesn’t seem capable of making smart choices. Not when he falls in love, not when he agrees to help his cousin with a burglary, not when he goes on the run, not when he kidnaps an FBI agent, and not when he nearly gets himself killed on more than one occasion.

    I was very disappointed with the FBI agent, Ellie. She came across as a little flaky at times, though she could be quite tenacious at times. Her area of expertise is stolen and forged artwork but she jumps into a murder investigation with both feet, despite repeated admonitions from her supervisor to stay out of it. What I didn’t find believable is how she willingly went with Ned when he kidnaps her and then is helping him until he lets her go. OK, so she isn’t trained in violent crimes, but she is still an FBI agent, so why wasn’t she putting up a tiny bit of resistance?

    Thrown into this story are a lot of supporting characters that I had a very hard time keeping track of and how relevant they were to the story. So, instead of the heart-pumping suspense I have come to anticipate and expect when I pick up a Patterson book, I got a mostly mediocre story that is just OK.

    If you are looking for depth and substance when you pick up a book, give this one a pass. If you are looking for a fluff mystery to read on the beach or during your lunch break, this will fit the bill.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2006

    GOOD!

    This book was good! i would let people know about it, but i would not rave about it. I have in the past raved about patterson's books, because he is a great author and would tell anyone that likes suspense to read him. I did like this book, but did not love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Dumb

    If this was written by two authors, I don't think they proofed each other's writing. For an example; Ellie was described as having short hair and then she, "puts it up in a ponytail"? Hard to believe story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Love It

    Just finished this book and i love it to the exsremes.:) <3

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

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    I am a new fan of James Patterson and have read 5 books in 3 wee

    I am a new fan of James Patterson and have read 5 books in 3 weeks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    The book wasn't the best at the same wasn't the worst. The way James Patterson ad to explain all the sex was the worst part.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Will the REAL Patterson, please stand up!

    As someone who was Patterson's biggest Alex Cross fan, it saddens me that Patterson's books are chart-toppers because of the Patterson brand. I still read the Cross series - I guess, considering the last Cross read was, Cat & Mouse.

    I just can't wait for the Patterson I was introduced to when I was in my teens, to stand up & take his place on the bestsellers list for quality not quantity. Sadly, I believe he may have been a 3 book wonder.

    Anyway, I pushed myself through it because I am a fan of the gifted Mr. Gross & it was painfully obvious (to me) which segments were penned by the fervent Mr. Gross. FYI: Gross is w/o a doubt HERE TO STAY!!!

    I am hoping Patterson will emerge again in this century, but I am not going to hold my breath.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2011

    Standard Issue Patterson Beach Fare

    Perhaps I've read a few too many of these and they're getting a bit predictable, but I just wasn't impressed. The story breezed along at a brisk pace with a couple of surprising twists, but there was too little logic, not enough believability, and virtually no character development. LIFEGUARD is typical of recent Patterson collaborations. Lately, I find myself wanting a little more, even if it is just a beach read.

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    Posted March 31, 2011

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

    Excellent story!!

    A very fast-paced thriller, one of James Patterson's best! Couldn't put it down, read it in a matter of days. Thrilling all the way to the very end, highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    Not one of Patterson's best

    Lifeguard refers to the job that Ned Kelly used to have before he was set up for theft and murder.

    Patterson has the knack of creating a good story, but sometimes, on paper it falls apart. Everything just seemed to fall into place too easily.

    It's a good quick read with mystery, suspense, romance and some art history thrown in. Stock characters are somtimes good for a laugh...but I must admit--I've ready better. Try the Alex Cross Series instead!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Almost a good book

    I was distracted by the main character "falling in love" with someone he just met and then when she is out of the picture, falling for the next woman. Other than that, it was a good story.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    LIFEGUARD By JAMES PATTERSON

    Kept my husband and I listening in the car for the next chapter. The ending was as good as the beginning. It was truly different.
    MD

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    LIFEGUARD - I recommend it!

    I read audio books in my car and with this book, I couldn't wait to get in my car to begin where I left off. Totally suspense filled, action packed, good story line, well worth the read time, as are all of Patterson's books.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    Drawn Out

    I am a JP fan, but this is not a favorite book of mine. It started out really good, and interesting. But it was so drawn out.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

    It's a good book

    I liked it very much

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    Another one of Patterson's great reads

    I am a huge James Patterson fan so any of his books I love. This one was not my favorite one but one that you can read in a day. This is suspensfull and it kept me wondering what would happen next, as all his do anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    A little too sappy...

    Neddie'gag',the name fits, was way too soft to be involved in this crime. This book was too fluffy and unbelievable for me. The motorcyle chase reminded me of a bad movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    Good read.

    This was a good book and an enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    Loved It ! Couldn't put it down.

    There were multiple murders, double crossings, love, and suspense. One of Patterson's best work.

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