The Beach House


Title: The Beach House

Author: Patterson, James and Peter DeJonge

Publication Date: 2002

Number of Pages: 358

Genre: Suspense

Geographical Setting: Manhattan, NY; Montauk, NY; East Hampton, NY

Time Period: 2000s

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Jack Mullen is a 2nd Year Law Student at Columbia College and a summer intern at a prestigious New York Law Firm.  On a weekend trip home to Montauk, Jack learns that his younger brother Peter has died by drowning off the shore from the home of Barry and Campion Neubauer.  The police and local officials insist that Peter’s death was a suicide, but Jack has strong doubts.  Working his 86-year-old Grandfather, an investigator from his law firm, and a ragtag team of friends including a hair stylist and volunteer EMS technician, who was on the scene the night Peter’s body was recovered, Jack takes matters into his owns hands and begins investigating his brother’s death.  As Jack launches his own investigation those attempting to cover up Peter’s death, threaten the lives of Jack and all those who seek justice for Peter. Fed up the with lies and police cover up Jack stages his own “people’s court” and tries some of East Hampton’s most influential citizens. When Jack uncovers a ring of sexual perversion and misconduct, his discovery stuns and stocks his friends and family. A fast paced and compelling story, Patterson’s story of one brother’s unwavering search for the truth, no matter what the cost, will leave readers wanting more.

Subject Headings: Drowning victims; Seaside resorts – East Hampton; New York; Rich people; Brothers; Death; Conspiracies; Revenge; Deception; Lawyers — East Hampton, New York; Law students — New York State; East Hampton, New York; Suspense stories, American; Murder; Thriller; Suspense

Appeal: breakneck pace, compelling, easy, engrossing, fast paced, intriguing secondary characters, vivid, action-oriented, investigative, plot twists, resolved ending, sexually explicit, rich and famous, contemporary, suspenseful, darker tone, edgy, menacing, small town, concise

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