Beach Road

Beach Road

by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446619141
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 111,217
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.12(d)

About 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.

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

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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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Beach Road 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 226 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
Wasn't too entertained by this one. The ending was the only part that grabbed me. The trial foreshadowed the outcome, which didn't surprise me. I wouldn't recommend. Patterson has done much better.
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.
salmonchick on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Okay, what is up with the ending of this book?! Despite the relatively poor grammer and sentence structure, this book was a fun read until the ending, which I thought sucked! Perhaps I'm just partial nice "Hollywood" endings. hehe
Joycepa on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Murder mystery set in the resort town of East Hampton on Long Island.Four teenagers are murdered and a young black teenager, Dante Halleyville, a top NBA propspect is indicted and put on trial for the murders; he really is innocent. He is defended by Tom Dunleavy and Kate Costello, two lawyers who were once lovers.The format of the book plays a nice part in unfolding the story. Each chapter is very short--from 2-4 pages long--and is narrated by one of the characters. The murderer, a drug dealer nicknamed Loco, provides his own commentary.The story is very well told, fast-paced, with a great twist at the end. An excellent read--good entertainment.
buckeyeaholic on LibraryThing 30 days ago
This was a good one.I'll be honest...I like the books that he co-writes better than his solo projects.
DSlongwhite on LibraryThing 30 days ago
My first James Patterson novel. It was a quick and interesting read. The chapters were short so that made it easy to finish quickly. Each chapter was written in the first person and there were at least half a dozen or more narrators. It is the story of a lawyer who defended an eighteen-year-old black basketball player in a murder trial.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Welcome to Beach RoadTom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His principal clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and megacelebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll.EXPENSIVEThen a friend of Tom's is arrested for a triple murder near a movie star's mansion. Tom knows in his gut that Dante Halleyville is innocent. Dante asks him to represent him in what could be the Trial of the Century.EXCLUSIVETom recruits Manhattan superlawyer Kate Costello to help. She's a tough hire, because Kate is his ex-girlfriend-but she agrees. In their search to find who really executed three locals, Tom orchestrates a series of revelations to expose the killer-and what emerges is staggering.EXPLOSIVEThe final scenes of Beach Road unveil a truth that will leave readers gasping in shock. Written with the precision that has made James Patterson America's #1 suspense writer, Beach Road is his most thrilling novel ever.
tinas37 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Wow - super ending - never saw it coming. It took me some time to get into this book, but in the middle, the pace really picked up.
elizabethraye on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Wow! I have to admit, I didn't see that one coming. It goes to show you that you can never fully know what someone else is thinking or doing!
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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