Beach Road

Beach Road

by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge

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Overview


Dark mysteries come to East Hampton while a struggling lawyer fights to save his friend from being framed for a triple murder.


Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy's client list is woefully small-occasional real estate closings barely keep him in paper clips. So when he is hired to defend a local man accused in a triple murder in East Hampton, 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 he knows the case rests on money, deception, and forbidden desires. His client will be framed-unless he can find the key to the case.


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-and the truth is wilder than anything he ever imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446619141
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 124,687
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.62(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. 238 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.
indygo88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this for the most part, perhaps because I've only read a couple of Pattersons in the past, and those were quite some time ago, so this was somewhat refreshing for me at least. The short chapter, alternating first person narratives worked just fine for me, making this an absorbing, quick read.The plot, that of a high school upcoming NBA star accused of a triple homicide, assumedly innocent, & defended by a ex-basketball star, was gripping enough. Throw in a little drug involvement, and you've got yourself a decent thriller. However, the plot twist at the end, though surprising, just seemed a little too unbelievable & farfetched to me. And that was my main problem with this book. I like surprise endings. But this one reached a little too far.
amacmillen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tom the lawyer represents a high school buddy when he is accused of murdering sever people. The plot was excellent and the ending was great. Tom the bad boy.
spurs4life1979 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love James Pattersons novels. Chapters are short but packed full of excitement and action. I have read many of his novels and am aware how he always adds a twist to the end and I have more often than not realised the twist before i have finished the novel, but this one I didnt get.. The twist in this one was brilliant and one i was not expecting.. This is definately one of Patterson better novels
kindergirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By page 40, I had to make myself continue to read this. The author's use of changing from one perspective to another made it impossible to care about any character, and quite frankly, I didn't. I've read a lot of mystery/thriller novels in the past - not so many lately - but this was just really difficult to stay with. I wasn't shocked at the "surprise" ending - it just all felt like a ridiculous hoax that I never wanted to participate in, and was sorry I did. My first Patterson novel - quite possibly my last.
NancyChase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like how Beach Road jumped back and forth between the different points of view. It helped keep my interest. This is one of the good non Alex Cross novels.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This fast-paced thriller is worthy of the name James Patterson. Although, it does seem a little over the top, what with cameos by the likes of Steven Spielberg, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Bill Clinton. The ending is as shocking as the cover blurbs indicate, but I suspect the twist would not hold up very well upon a second reading. However, I don't really have the inclination to read it again, which is maybe what the author planned.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's only a vague hint of Patterson's talent contained in this courtroom thriller. Each character's view is presented in the first person which is confusing considering Patterson's usual style. The story itself follows a murder and the lawyers representing the framed defendant. There's never enough emotional pull towards any of the characters and Patterson's trademark short chapters fail to add any tension or real suspense. It feels if somoene else is writing using his narrative style and construction - and not very well. Beach Road has an ace up its sleeve near the end, however it's not enough to salvage this below par novel.
laws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again Patterson did a great job. I enjoy his writing and find his chapters very short. I did not suspect Tom, Dante's , lawyer, to be the bad guy. When he almost murdered his own nephew, I began to wonder about Tom. I was totally shocked that Tom was the real killer. How could he take on Dante's case and get him off. Did Tom have any sort of a conscience? The story is written from the different viewpoints of the 7 characters.
CutestLilBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! It was a quick read, told in the voice of the various main characters. What I like most about Patterson's writing in this story is that he makes the African American characters believable. I can't stand when writers have the black characters, especially young men of the hip hop generation, sound so ghetto it's unreal. The plot develops quickly, and is about a triple murder committed in the exclusive Hamptons. A young black man is framed and he gets an unlikely lawyer to defend him. The intense anger of the 'townies' is captured, a peek into the slick underworld of ritzy drugs is revealed, and a an old relationship is rekindled. When the murderer is revealed, it is a definite shock which is both satisfying in that I would have never guessed the person in a million years...but also, kind of unbelievable because the killer has been so careful why would he make such a stupid mistake now? Despite that minor discrepancy, assuming you chalk up the killer's stupidity to arrogance or just plain being human, this book is an AWESOME read.
junco1312 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OMG What a surprise! I never saw it coming! Love the style Patterson & de Jonge had each character narrated their part in the book.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With his other writing partners I don't see what they bring to the table, but with de Jonge, it's not hard to miss both the commonness and the crassness that he contributes. It definitely brings an aura of ugliness to an already ugly story. You can't help but feel betrayed right along with the other victims in this book, especially as your wondering who is BH, feeling a hard slap to the face when it's revealed.
salmonchick on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!