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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Peter de Jonge Narrator: Rodney Gardiner, Erik Bergmann, Rayme Cornell, Charles Turner, Richard Ferrone, Billy Baldwin, Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781594835100
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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 afloat. His clients make a living serving the rich, and 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, and Dante asks Tom 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 she’s 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel has a rich characterization often absent in legal potboilers…Anyone who likes to relax with a Grisham novel will enjoy this superior story.”

    Times (London)

  • “A clever and powerful mystery-thriller.”

    Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

  • “With a fast-moving plot, a dose of courtroom drama, and a dash of romance, James Patterson’s latest book has all the ingredients for a great Sunday read. Patterson has delivered another killer thriller.”

    Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia)

  • “Patterson readers know to expect a surprise ending.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gripping…The novel races toward a conclusion so shocking that even longtime Patterson devotees won’t see it coming.”

    Booklist

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joel Barnes | 2/15/2014

    " i would never read the best seller trash on my own but someone had it and I had nothing else to read. Unbelievably bad. might be the worst book I've ever read. who decidedes that this is what people should buy? complete absense of writing style, real characters, or plot. the whole book hinges on a twist that does nothing to explain or payoff anything that happened anywhere else and is completely unsupported by the events of the story. just awful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting book and yes it did have an interesting twist but I wanted to know abit more than the brief snapshot we were allowed to see once the twist had been revealed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Gerardy | 1/26/2014

    " Decent. I did not predict the ending. Wish I could go back & reread now that I know the ending. Quick one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/22/2014

    " Another good James Patterson book. Read it in less than a week. Not exactly a "can't put down" read, but close. I would like to see Mr. Patterson write a book around the character of Mack Mullen. I really love this old guy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 12/26/2013

    " Enjoyed reading. Takes place on Long Island which is always exciting to read about (for a Long Islander). Definitely surprised by the ending. I was completely wrong about the real killer's identity. Shocked is a better word! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Horton | 12/26/2013

    " I loved it. Lots of twists and turns...kept me guessing to the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Burke | 12/5/2013

    " Wow, didn't see that coming.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Itsy | 11/29/2013

    " Loved it! Twisted and with some drama! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex M | 11/28/2013

    " kick ass book. amazing the best book i have ever read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhod | 11/28/2013

    " Not as good as other Patterson efforts. A bit hard to identify with and like most of the characters and the ending was a bit strange I thought. Just an okay effort - still hard to put down once started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 10/20/2013

    " Quick read and intriguing. Ending fairly implausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anupama Talwai | 10/11/2013

    " pretty decent as far as the Patterson 'co-authored' books go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Howard | 9/23/2013

    " Amazing book. Twists and turns "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith T | 8/30/2013

    " I received this one from my mother and it was such a fast read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 8/25/2013

    " I liked it while reading, but at the end I felt tricked, and was disappointed with it-- so my overall is that I did not like it because the author resorted to trickery. To clever for his own good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/30/2013

    " Read in one day - very gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammie | 7/12/2013

    " Quick read. Great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth B | 6/25/2013

    " I liked the Beach House. This did not disappoint, either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Della | 5/17/2013

    " Fast Read. Interesting twists. Beach reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deide Mcneilly | 3/24/2013

    " Multiple characters someteinmes hard to keep up with for me but overall good murder mystery in true James Patterson style "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 12/11/2012

    " Not really my kind of book -- till the surprise twist, and then I couldn't put the book down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista Rinehart | 10/25/2012

    " Loved this! Suspense! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Ruffner | 8/5/2012

    " amazing finish!! love when there is a "never saw that coming" moment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti Loveless | 6/17/2012

    " This was my first James Patterson book. It was good, but I wasn't really into this kind of story. Now, I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 4/29/2012

    " I do not usually read James Patterson books, but I could not put this one down. I read it in a few hours and never saw the ending coming. I'm hoping that more of his books have the same feel to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tink82 | 4/16/2012

    " This was a good book, but right within the first few chapters there was a lot of chacters involved and was a little confusing. But then again it could have been me I started reading at work, lol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathie | 4/6/2012

    " Wow! What an unexpected kick! Read this book in one sitting. It was just that darn good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zhanna | 1/19/2012

    " My favorite James Patterson book! The best ending ever - very unexpected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Welde | 11/19/2011

    " I got the title confused with beach house. This one was really good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aloma | 9/11/2011

    " A quick easy read with a great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 8/26/2011

    " I started reading this and realized I had already read it once before but could not remember how it ended. Just as good the second time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 5/24/2011

    " Did not see that one coming!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nana | 5/19/2011

    " Hard to keep track of characters in the beginning, but keep at it, it's worth it in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliann | 4/28/2011

    " Page turner from the start. Had a great twist at the end the I did not see coming. Fun fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 4/28/2011

    " I thought this was even better than the Women's Murder Club! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 4/13/2011

    " Quite readable, but a very old-hat premise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 3/25/2011

    " Didn't like the way it was written but it did have a good ending... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 2/18/2011

    " Another murder mystery that had a real surprise in the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 2/16/2011

    " Yeah!! A twist at the end! I love it! "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrators

Rodney Gardiner is an audiobook narrator and an accomplished actor with over six seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in such roles as Tinman in The Wiz and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls.

Erik Bergmann is the narrator of the Area 51 and Justice League audiobook series, as well as the voice of Fred on the companion audiobook for the Warner Bros. feature film Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He has also dabbled in television, making appearances on Saturday Night Live and doing voice-over work for Random! Cartoons.

Charles Turner has narrated numerous audiobooks, including titles by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.

Orlagh Cassidy is an udiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.