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The Beach House
By James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

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The Beach House
Large Print Edition
By James Patterson & Peter De Jonge
Little, Brown and Company Large Print, (2002)
ISBN: 0-316-73374-1 Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - August 25, 2002

The Beach House is an old-fashioned good read. Granted, from the very beginning you know what is going to happen, but the fun is - you don't know how! Written by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge, this book chronicles the death of Peter Mullen and his brother's reaction to it. Technically, Peter drowned, but Jack instinctively knows that was not possible, especially since it is obvious that Peter was beaten to death. So he sets about discovering what really happened to Peter, and to bring those responsible for his brother's death to justice.

In seeking out the truth surrounding Peter's death, Jack butts noses with a lot of the rich and powerful people that live, at least in the summer, along the East Hampton beach. As events unfold, Jack quickly begins to realize that getting to the truth is going to be a lot harder than he ever expected - even with all his friends helping. In part, this is because the super-rich can buy a lot of protection - and silence, even an odd cop or two, all in the name of protecting themselves. Worse yet, Jack discovers that he knew a lot less about his brother than he had thought. As it turns out, Peter was into some rather shady dealings, the least of which was working as a gigolo!

This is a quick paced, and thoroughly satisfying mystery. Here you'll not find a complex plot, or emotionally deep characters, but you will find a satisfying and fun story as you vicariously watch Jack best the rich and famous at their own games! If you're one of the rich and powerful, you might want to look elsewhere for something to read. You'll find that in this book the rich and powerful people are, in mass, painted as the bad guys.


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