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Beach Roadby James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
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Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in America's wealthiest resort town-legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and celebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll.
Then 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.
Tom 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.
The final scenes of this book unveil a truth that will leave readers gasping in shock. Written with the precision that has made James Patterson "a master of his genre" (USA Today), Beach Road is his wildest, most thrilling novel ever.
"Bestseller Patterson shows signs of having gone to the well too often in this slapdash collaboration with de Jonge, his coauthor on The Beach House (2002). Tom Dunleavy, a former professional basketball player and local East Hampton legend, is getting by as an underworked and unmotivated attorney. His sports glory days and his one true love are long in the past, but he gets second chances at personal and professional redemption when three locals are gunned down, apparently in the aftermath of racial tensions arising from a heated pickup game of hoops. The police seize on Dante Halleyville, the country's best high school star, as their suspect, and Dunleavy must dust off his old courtroom skills and enlist his lost love, Kate Costello, as his partner. Patterson readers know to expect a surprise ending, but he leaves too few possibilities for many to be genuinely fooled. Fans can only hope that Patterson soon returns to the level he achieved with his Alex Cross series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried....There's no stopping his imagination." New York Times Book Review
"We fans all have one wish for Patterson: write even faster." Larry King, USA Today
"[I]f you have an aversion to over-marketed, under-creative toss-away summer reads with oh-so-unexpected conclusions, then this is the last piece of written fluff you'll want to consider for your vacation." Rocky Mountain News
"The page-turningest author in the game right now." San Francisco Chronicle
"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clear, unwavering prose." People
"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right." New York Daily News
"Patterson has mastered the art of writing page-turning bestsellers." Chicago Sun-Times
"Janes Patterson writes his thrillers as if he were building roller coasters. He grounds the stories with a bare-bones plot, then builds them over the top and tries to throw readers for a loop a few times along the way." Associated Press
"A must-read author....A master of the craft." Providence Sunday Journal
"James Patterson always delivers a fascinating, action-packed thriller." Midwest Book Review
"Patterson is a master." Toronto Globe & Mail
Set in the luxurious Hamptons, this new novel by #1 bestselling author James Patterson follows the travails of down-and-out Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy, whose ship finally comes in when he's hired to defend a local man accused of a triple murder that has the East Hampton world in an uproar.
Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy's client list is woefully small - occasional real estate closings barely keep him in paper clips. When he is hired to defend a local man accused in a triple murder that has the East Hampton world in an uproar, 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 Dunleavy knows the case rests atop a volcano of money, deception, and forbidden desires. His client is the perfect fall guy - unless he can find the key that unlocks the secret rooms of the gilt-shrouded set.
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 - only to find afterward that the truth is wilder than anything he ever imagined.
About the Author
James Patterson, the author of countless international bestsellers, wrote much of Santa Kid in the family playroom with his young son Jack. Some of his top hit novels include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas and the Alex Cross series, including Along Came a Spider. The Patterson family lives in Florida.
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