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Chapter 1 "DON?T MOVE," I said to Tess, sweaty and out of breath. "Don?t even blink. If you so much as breathe, I know I?m gonna wake up, and I?ll be back lugging chaise longues at poolside, staring at this gorgeous girl that I know something incredible could happen with. This will all have been a dream."

Tess McAuliffe smiled, and in those deep blue eyes I saw what I found so irresistible about her. It wasn?t just that she was the proverbial ten and a half. She was more than beautiful. She was lean and athletic with thick auburn hair plaited into a long French braid, and a laugh that made you want to laugh, too. We liked the same movies, Memento, The Royal Tenenbaums, Casablanca. We pretty much laughed at the same jokes. Since I?d met her I?d been unable to think about anything else.

Sympathy appeared in Tess?s eyes. "Sorry about the fantasy, Ned, but we?ll have to take that chance. You?re crushing my arm."

She pushed me, and I rolled onto my back. The sleek cotton sheets in her fancy hotel suite were tousled and wet. My jeans, her leopard-print sarong, and a black bikini bottom were somewhere on the floor. Only half an hour earlier, we had been sitting across from each other at Palm Beach?s tony Café Boulud, picking at DB burgers — $30 apiece — ground sirloin stuffed with foie gras and truffles.

At some point her leg brushed against mine. We just made it to the bed.

"Aahhh," Tess sighed, rolling up onto her elbow, "that feels better." Three gold Cartier bracelets jangled loosely on her wrist. "And look who?s still here."

I took a breath. I patted the sheets around me. I slapped at my chest and legs, as if to make sure. "Yeah," I said, grinning.

The afternoon sun slanted across the Bogart Suite at the Brazilian Court hotel, a place I could barely have afforded a drink at, forget about the two lavishly appointed rooms overlooking the courtyard that Tess had rented for the past two months.

"I hope you know, Ned, this sort of thing doesn?t happen very often," Tess said, a little embarrassed, her chin resting on my chest.

"What sort of thing is that?" I stared into those blue eyes of hers.

"Oh, whatever could I mean? Agreeing to meet someone I?d seen just twice on the beach, for lunch. Coming here with him in the middle of the day."

"Oh, that . . ." I shrugged. "Seems to happen to me at least once a week."

"It does, huh?" She dug her chin sharply into my ribs.

We kissed, and I felt something between us begin to rise again. The sweat was warm on Tess?s breasts, and delicious, and my palm traveled up her long, smooth legs and over her bottom. Something magical was happening here. I couldn?t stop touching Tess. I?d almost forgotten what it was like to feel this way.

Split aces, they call it, back where I?m from. South of Boston, Brockton actually. Taking a doubleheader from the Yankees. Finding a forgotten hundred-dollar bill in an old pair of jeans. Hitting the lottery.

The perfect score.

"You?re smiling." Tess looked at me, propped up on an elbow. "Want to let me in on it?"

"It?s nothing. Just being here with you. You know what they say: for a while now, the only luck I?ve had has been bad luck."

Tess rocked her hips ever so slightly, and as if we had done this countless times, I found myself smoothly inside her again. I just stared into those baby blues for a second, in this posh suite, in the middle of the day, with this incredible woman who only a few days before hadn?t been conceivable in my life.

"Well, congratulations, Ned Kelly." Tess put a finger to my lips. "I think your luck?s beginning to change."

Product Details

James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Warner Books (NY)
Patterson, James
Gross, Andrew
Mystery & Detective - General
Art thefts
Suspense fiction
Literature-A to Z
Art theft; Murder; False accusations; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Fugutives; Fraud
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
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7.5 x 4.125 x 1 in 0.51 lb

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Product details 432 pages Warner Books - English 9780446617611 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Beach bum Ned Kelly, a part-time lifeguard, pool guy and errand runner in Palm Beach, Fla., has just scored with beautiful, rich Tess McAuliffe. Life sure is looking up, especially from his days back in chilly South Boston. He's looking forward to another round with Tess, but first he has to help some smalltime hoodlum pals commit a $60-million art heist. It's supposed to be an easy job, but everything goes to hell — the paintings they were after weren't even there — and soon enough his pals are all dead, as is Tess. Ned goes on the run, accused of the murders and the heist as well. He flees back to Boston, but gets caught by cute-as-a-button FBI agent Ellie Shurtleff, assigned to investigate the case for the agency's Art Theft and Fraud department. After some rough stuff, he takes her hostage and in short order they've bonded. Ellie can see that Ned's a good guy who could never have committed the crimes he's charged with, so the two of them join forces to bring down the actual thieves and killers. It's a twisty story that will engage the interest of beach-goers everywhere, whose sun-addled brains will put up with pedestrian writing and an improbable plot just to find out exactly whodunit and why. (July 11)" Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Don't be fooled by the title of Patterson's latest thrilling yarn — the action goes far beyond the beach....Packing all the punches readers have come to expect from Patterson's books, this one delivers at every turn."
"Review" by , "Not as hard-hitting or as compelling as...books like Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider and When the Wind Blows....Patterson and Gross are no Henry Fielding, but their mixture of humor and derring-do adds to the fun of this otherwise middling summer read."
"Review" by , "While the plot rarely ventures out of the shallow end, the story's rapid pace and quick thrills make up for a succession of cursory twists and sometimes frothy characterizations."
"Review" by , "Written with the astonishing pace and hairpin-turn plotting that only James Patterson can master, Lifeguard is the wildest thriller yet from 'one of America's most influential authors.'"
"Synopsis" by , In this #1 New York Times bestseller, lifeguard Ned Kelley is involved with the beautiful Tess, and a million dollars awaits him as his share of an upcoming robbery. But on the night of the heist, something goes devastatingly wrong.
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling team behind The Jester comes a suspenseful new novel. Life is good for lifeguard Ned Kelley. He's involved with the beautiful Tess, and a million dollars awaits him as his share of the score for the robbery of some world-class art. But when Tess is murdered and others involved in the robbery are massacred, Ned is the prime suspect. He's been set up.
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