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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44,267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Peter de Jonge Narrator: Gil Bellows Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jack Mullen and his younger brother Peter grew up within spitting distance of the Hamptons in New York. Jack was no stranger to the multi-million-dollar homes of millionaires who had vacation houses on the ocean. His girlfriend's father owned one in Amagansett worth over $40 million and threw an annual get-together for friends and close associates to the tune of $200,000 a pop.

Jack and Peter knew the area, including the house, intimately. Jack dated the owner's daughter. Peter worked as a temporary for the valet service and parked cars for the parties, among other odd jobs.

It wasn't until Peter's battered and bruised body washed ashore the morning after the latest party that both of their lives took a drastic change. Jack lost his only brother, and Peter -- well, Peter was dead. The police called it an accidental drowning. Jack's and Peter's friends soon figured out otherwise. They knew it was murder, no matter what the police ruled. By the time the law got around to an inquest, money and threats of murder had intervened as well.

Only the foolish would go up against the wealth, power and influence of the upper crust involved in this incident. Only the fearless would tackle the police who were the pawns of those who held the true power. Only a bright young law student like Jack and his cronies, who believed in justice and fairness, would set out to accomplish the impossible.

James Patterson's unique writing style has been described as a "rapid-fire, in-your-face, you-better-keep-reading-or-else format."

"The Beach House" is precisely that.

Patterson ranks so high on contemporary best-seller lists that it has been estimated he earns royalties on one out of every 15 hardcover books published in the United States. He's that popular. He does stick to a proven formula in his writing, and he works with collaborators in order to turn out as many books each year as he does. His chapters are short. So are his paragraphs, sentences and words. Nevertheless, his books keep readers and listeners coming back for more.

When it comes to book collaborator Peter De Jonge, who worked with Patterson on "The Beach House," Patterson has called De Jongue a "much better wordsmith" than he is.

James Patterson and Peter de Jonge are the authors of "Beach Road" in addition to "The Beach House." De Jongue previously worked for the Associated Press and was a contributing reporter for the New York Times Magazine.

Jack Mullen is in law school in New York City when the news comes that his brother, Peter, has drowned in the ocean off East Hampton. Jack knows his brother practically grew up in the water—this couldn’t be an accident. Someone must have wanted his brother dead. But the police say otherwise. As Jack tries to uncover details of his brother’s last night, he confronts a maddening barricade of lawyers, police, and paid protectors who separate the wealthy summer residents from local workers like Peter. Motivated by a hundred forms of grief, Jack rallies his hometown friends to help him find the truth behind Peter’s death, no matter who stands in their way.

Jack’s relentless crusade puts him into a head-on collision with one of the most powerful and ruthless men in New York, a man who wipes out resistance with a snap of his fingers. And when Jack finds out his brother was involved with some of the richest women and men in America, his dream of justice fades. But if he could somehow beat the rich at their own game, he might he be able to avenge his brother.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clear, unwavering prose.”


  • “So inviting that it practically reads itself.”

    New York Times

  • “Taut, spare prose…A delicious, fast-paced read quite worthy of its place on bestseller lists.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “Vintage Patterson, with plenty of action, villains with hearts blacker than obsidian, and a working-class hero who pulls himself up by the bootstraps. Patterson and de Jonge previously coauthored the inspirational golf romance Miracle on the 17th Green, but this new game of money, mayhem, and murder clearly suits them to a tee.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A stirring thriller filled with nonstop action…An invigorating tale.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Slick, vastly enjoyable…Smooth as a vanilla milkshake…This is smart, market-savvy, populist entertainment.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Patterson] certainly doesn’t fail to thrill, and readers will be turning the pages until the end.”


  • “Gil Bellows of Ally McBeal epitomizes the twenty-something angst and grief experienced by narrator Jack Mullen…Bellows’ voice has just enough of a tough-guy edge to it to make his narration believable and compelling. A good story with many twists, The Beach House is a great story to curl up with.”


  • 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 by Debie | 2/20/2014

    " Worst Patterson book I have read. I thought the ending was downright awful, even wrote to him to let him know what I thought about it. (He didn't write me back.) Sloppy, seemed to have been written by one of his "co-writers" instead. I quit being a die-hard Patterson fan after this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Codey | 2/19/2014

    " james Patterson is a genius this book is awesome "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jonathan | 2/15/2014

    " It's a fast read,and perfect for, well, the beach. Characters are a little flat and rely on typical stereotypes: Corrupt wealthy Hampton folks, promising hard working boy from poor town who has made it big as a lawyer,and the bold, bossy, dream girl from the office. The one thing that I did love about this book, was how I was left with this hopeless feeling of, "How are the heroes gonna win now?" at every turn of the page. You won't feel any intellectual reward for having dug into this book, not that there's much to dig into, but it is an entertaining way to speed time up on those long road trips, or days at the beach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jamie | 2/9/2014

    " You can tell James Patterson wasn't the primary author. "

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