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Lifeguard A Novel
By James Patterson & Andrew Gross
Read by Billy Campbell

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Lifeguard A Novel
By James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Read by Billy Campbell
Time Warner Book, 2005
An unabridged recording on 7 CDs
ISBN: 1-59483-047-9
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Carmella Cruz October 27, 2006

Lifeguard is another romp with James Patterson pulling all the strings. This engaging whodunit concerns an art heist and murder. Ned Kelly, (not the famous Australian outlaw) has a teaching degree from Boston University, but he is working as a lifeguard, pool boy, chauffeur in Palm Beach. He works for a very rich and extremely influential individual, Sol Roth.

The colorful cast of characters include; Tess MacAuliffe a beautiful mysterious woman with whom Ned spends a passionate afternoon; Ellie Shurtleff, an FBI agent; a gang of petty thieves, who are Ned's best friends; Geoff, a motorcycle champ; Ned's mother, father and brother and the elite of Palm Beach society. Mix these interesting folks with a six million dollar art heist and you have a whale of a tale.

I found the art references to Pollock, Monet, Van Gogh and other artists, to be very interesting and informative Billy Campbell gives a superb read and the sound effects and musical accompaniment adds to the dramatic impact.

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