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The Beach House Hardcover – Jun 10 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 10 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187659084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316969680
  • ASIN: 0316969680
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 314 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #833,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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James Patterson and Peter de Jonge's The Beach House opens with the death of a handsome townie on Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons, where being a single-digit millionaire is laughable and being poor is unthinkable. Peter Mullen is a high-school dropout who parks cars at the private bashes of the superwealthy Barry and Campion Neubauer. When Peter is found dead on the beach, the Neubauers and their friends insist that he drowned; but his brother Jack, a law student who saw his brother's body, knows Peter was beaten to death. As Jack uncovers evidence of his brother's secret life, he begins to realize that the very rich are indeed different from the rest of us. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and Jack's patiently plotted payback for Peter's death is one that the Hamptons will not soon forget.

There are no big surprises in The Beach House, but it's vintage Patterson, with plenty of action, villains with hearts blacker than obsidian, and a working-class hero who pulls himself up by the bootstraps. Patterson and de Jonge previously coauthored the inspirational golf romance Miracle on the 17th Green, but this new game of money, mayhem, and murder clearly suits them to a tee. --Barrie Trinkle

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atterson'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)
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
My biggest problem with a book like this is not knowing who really wrote it - did Patterson & De Jonge really co-write the book or did Patterson give De Jonge the idea and did De Jonge in turn write the story. Oh well -there's no denying the commercial aspect of the publishing business I guess!
That being said, this book helped me through some rough times as I began it while was in the hospital being fed intravenous antibiotics for a massive infection. It kept me busy without having to worry about complexity of plot while being interrupted often for blood tests and other things that go on in the hospital. It is a fast-paced, easy read about triumphant vigilante justice...and, of course, they all "live happily ever after" (sort of). Having lived my entire life on Long Island, I especially enjoyed the setting. Whoever did actually write the book, spent a great deal of time delving into the Long Island experience - from life out on the South Fork (Montauk/ Amagansett), to places such as Ronkonkoma, Manhattan and the Long Island commuter's experience. Very realistic in that respect.
...And I guess public access TV is more than just for stuff like "Wayne's World" :-)! This would probably make an entertaining movie with the right cast (at least a made-for-tv movie).
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a true Patterson fan and I find this book really entertaining. To be honest, I feel this book isn't a big thriller but I can actually see this happening in real life. This novel is one of the truely unique compelling stories among Patterson's other works. This book doesn't contain pyshco serial killers on the loose and super sleuths on the heels of his trail. This story is about a death of a young man, Peter who lived among the rich and his brother Paul is trying to find out what really happened to him. Did he really commit suicide or was there foul play involved. When Paul tries to discover the truth it seems like he can't win because the rich are powerful especially in high places and have enough money to make sure Peter's murder was a cover-up. Paul being trained in law himself feels he can't win because of the justice system. He felt that the judicial system had failed him. Previously at an inquest concerning Peter's death. The main suspect named Barry Neubauer who may have been involved mentioned the attorney general's name and the judge declared Peter's death was a suicide. Paul feels he has to goes to drastic measures to have his brother murder's solved. He kidnaps all the people he knows were involved and setup an hodge podge court room and air it live so the whole world can see the truth especially with the evidence that he found. There were parts I may find questionable but hey this is Patterson if you just go along with it. You'll find yourself truely entertained.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Beach House is a traditional story about good/bad, rich/poor, fair/unfair etc. The chapters are short and the action starts already at page one. I liked that. I also liked the coziness one can find in a traditional thriller, it felt safe, but also somewhat predictable.
Peter Mullen is killed while relaxing on the beach. He is working as a valet, and this particular night, he is parking cars for the wealthy Neubauer-family at their annual May-party. On the very first pages, we also learn, that Peter had other talents, serving the rich and the famous. There is no hint, though, as to why it was necessary to kill him.
Needless to say, the rich and influential people want to call Peter's death and accident or a suicide. His brother, the law-student Jack and his grandfather, the 87 year old paralegal Mack, plus a circle of friends surrounding Jack, decides to take matters in to their own hands, and prove that Peter's death certainly was no accident. Shortly after they make their decision, funny things starts to happen, and soon they realise that perhaps it is not going to be as easy to prove as they first thought. They not only have to fight against the rich (bad) people, but also local authorities, shopkeepers, employers and such, seems to be very reluctant to say anything that could help solving the case. Even the law firm in New York, where Jack works, seems to be involved somehow.
The Beach House is written in a very easy language, it is entertaining, and it holds a few minor surprises as well. Good entertainment value for a vacation or if you have to spend a day or two in bed with a cold, but not a book that makes a lasting impression on you
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I am a new fan of James Patterson, having seen the movie 1st to Die and recently read 2nd Chance. Although I read this book in two days, it was only so that I could move onto something else, not due to an overwhelming interest. Let's just say I was greatly disappointed with this book.
The plot of the book is quite simple...Peter Mullen is murdered, and his new lawyer brother decides that it was not suicide nor accident, but murder. He sets out on a mission to prove who the was involved in the murder, but due to the criminals large income and influences Jack is unable to do so for quite some time.
That part of the story line was OK, but from there on it was all downhill. I don't want to give the ending away to those who haven't read it, so let's just say that the ending was a little unrealistic. Also, the book was quite vulgar to mankind, with Peter being involved in all kinds of sexual relationships. I thought this gave the story a trashy touch that was unnecessary. It helped out in solving the murder, but it could have been written differently.
Don't take my opinion as gold. Read it and find out for yourself!
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