The second that Columbia law student Jack Mullen steps down from the train at East Hampton, he knows that something is very wrong. As he greets his family, his kid brother Peter lies stretched out on a steel gurney, battered, bruised - dead. The police are calling the drowning an accident. Jack knows that's wrong. Someone wanted his brother dead. ...
The second that Columbia law student Jack Mullen steps down from the train at East Hampton, he knows that something is very wrong. As he greets his family, his kid brother Peter lies stretched out on a steel gurney, battered, bruised - dead. The police are calling the drowning an accident. Jack knows that's wrong. Someone wanted his brother dead. But the establishment says otherwise. Jack tries to uncover what really happened on the beach that night, only to confront a wall of silence; a barricade of shadowy people who protect the privileges of the multi-billionaire summer residents. And when he discovers that his brother had nearly $200,000 in his bank account, Jack realises Peter wasn't just parking cars to make a living...THE BEACH HOUSE is a breathtaking drama of revenge and sexual intrigue - with a plot so absorbing and a finale so shocking it could only have come from the unique mind of James Patterson.
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Although this is an exciting, fast-paced read, I found the plot thoroughly unbelievable, especially the kangaroo court. I don't think they'd have gotten away with it in the real world.
Dec 29, 2007
When Jack comes home from law school, he?s told that his brother, Peter, is dead. The authorities were saying he drowned, either accidentally or by suicide. Jack knew that there was no way that could have happened, and sets out to get the truth. What he finds, is that the police won?t talk to anyone, even witnesses, and that someone hired ?the Fixer? to make sure nobody talked. Jack starts doing his own investigation, but at the hearing, with an attorney that only the rich and famous could afford, and witnesses too scared to tell the truth, it was determined that Peter drowned. He knew that his brother was murdered and would prove it somehow, but the odds and a powerful millionaire were against him. This is a moving story about the love of a family that won?t give up. The mystery and investigation will keep you glued to the pages and I guarantee that when you get near the ending, you will not be able to stop reading until you?ve finished the last page.
Aug 18, 2007
This book is pretty good, it has a nice storyline, but it's not your usual Patterson book if you are a big fan of his Alex Cross series like I am. This book is definately worth reading but be prepared for something different.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-04-22 Patterson's second coauthored novel of the year (after the current bestseller 2nd Chance, written with Andrew Gross) is a relatively rare stand-alone for this immensely popular writer. Unlike some of Patterson's stand-alones, however, including the most recent, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, this doesn't move Patterson into new territory: it's a slick, vastly enjoyable yet far-fetched thriller i.e., typical Patterson. Its hero is a Columbia University law student, Jack Mullen, who's out to avenge the death of his younger brother, Peter, found dead on the Amagansett, L.I., property of the immensely wealthy Neubauer family, a few miles from Jack and Peter's Montauk home. The cops say Peter drowned; a glance at the corpse tells Jack that his brother was beaten to death. The rest of the novel traces Jack's efforts, with the help of a female private eye/love interest, plus his elderly grandfather and a band of Montauk locals, to prove that Peter was murdered and that billionaire Barry Neubauer played a role in his demise. Arrayed against Jack are a tough cop, high-placed lawyers and a sadistic killer all owned by Neubauer money. Jack's diggings lead to evidence not only of Peter's murder but of its part in a coverup involving sexual scandal and blackmail; to get the justice that's denied them, Jack and his friends take the law into their own hands, kidnapping Neubauer and his cohorts and trying them in a kangaroo court whose proceedings they broadcast on TV. Smooth as a vanilla milk shake and no more sophisticated, written in 113 short chapters that won't tax anyone's attention span, this is smart, market-savvy, populist entertainment. (On sale June 10) Forecast: Patterson might as well have called this one The Beach Novel, because it's the hardcover people will be reading at the Hamptons and elsewhere this summer. His planned five-city author tour will only help sustain its inevitable position atop bestseller lists. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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