This summer, I wanted to try authors I haven't read before. I'm always looking for a good book to read. I picked up Beach Road by James Patterson & Peter De Jonge and took it with me on vacation. I've read good things about Patterson and his books. Beach Road is set on the east end of Long Island which appealed to me. I recognized many of the places Patterson mentioned in the story.
The trouble is ... I didn't like the book very much and felt disappointed.
It started out all right. Tom Dunleavy, the main character, is a sort of lack luster lawyer. He used to play pro basketball but washed out after an injury. Apparently he didn't have such a great family life because his older brother is more like a father to him. Naturally he used to have a wonderful girlfriend years ago but dumped her for reasons unknown and now she is a high power city lawyer. And also naturally, Tom has a dog.
Three of Tom's friends are murdered some time after a game of basketball at the home of one of those absent ritzy rich folks who happened to have a very nice court built on the property. Tom, his brother, and the three murdered friends challenged Dante Halleyville, a giant of a high school athlete, and four of his friends. There was a scuffle that turned a little ugly during the game and so when the three guys turn up dead, naturally suspicion falls first on Dante and his pals. Up to this point, I thought it was interesting.
The story is told from several view points. Among them: Tom, Kate Costello, Dante, a knowledgeable cop from Brooklyn named Connie Raiborne, a psycho drug dealer named Loco, Dante's grandma, and a very minor character named Nikki Robinson (cleaning person and cousin of Dante's).
Some of the obvious: Dante is arrested and accused of the murders. Although Tom doesn't step in at first to act as his attorney, he does become lawyer for the defense. He also persuades Kate to join him. Grandma is staunchly supporting her grandson. Raiborne does his job, carefully seeking out clues and figuring out what happened. All of these things aren't terrible, just predictable.
The reason I didn't like the book? There was a twist in it that just didn't ring true. If you read the book you'll see what I mean. When I read it, I thought there is no way that these people would act like that, I just don't believe it. I think it's because the authors didn't lay enough of a foundation to suggest the possibility. It just seemed to come out of thin air and that is very annoying.
I felt like one of the characters from the movie Murder By Death, who gathered all the great literary and movie detectives together to solve a murder. The character, Lionel Twain, totally bamboozles these detectives and then says: "You've tricked and fooled your readers for years. You've tortured us all with surprise endings that made no sense. You've introduced characters in the last five pages that were never in the book before. You've withheld clues and information that made it impossible for us to guess who did it." Like I said, that stuff is very annoying.
One more thing annoyed me: in the book, the press dug up a tidbit about Tom Dunleavy that I suppose was supposed to be a clue. Whether it was or not, we never found out whether it was true or not. That's one thing I would have liked to have known. There's several other questions but I don't care enough about the book to even post them.
I'm going to try another of James Patterson's books before I cross him off the list. Maybe it wasn't such a great book because he wrote it with someone else. I thought I would give one of the Alex Cross books a try. We'll see what happens.
This is the first time I have read Paterson. I admit - I tend to be a bit of a snob about NYT Bestselling Authors - if I don't discover them on my own before they hit the NYT, chances are I will avoid them until someone suggests them or I have some other reason to try them. In this case, my reason was being caught out without a book, at a small deli with a very small used bookshelf. This looked like the most interesting of the bunch.
The book was fantastic for the first 145 chapters (that's right - chapters. Damn short chapters Patterson writes, and that's the truth.) I thought I had discovered a new favorite author, to add to my existing list of 30 or 50 or so favorites. I was already writing letters in my head to a few penpals, to tell them how great this guy was.
Then, in chapter 145, the book took a sudden nose dive. The end made no sense. The charcters, so well and carefully devoloped, broke from their own characters so greatly as to tear the hell out of my suspension of disbelief. The entire end was a writing trick that I call 'Daemns ex machina', and I care for that writing trick not a bit better than I like Dias Ex Machina.
I can not recomend this book in the least. I actually asked the bookseller at my local used bookstore her opinion of Paterson, she said she liked him, but warned me away from this book in particular - so I will have to, perhaps, try a couple of his others, to see if he is usually better than this.
Tom Dunleavy has a one man law firm in the richest resort town in America-the legendary East Hampton. His clients come from the year-rounders he grew up with, the people who make a living serving the rich.
An old friend of Tom's, a local star athlete, is arrested for a triple murder on the beach near a movie star's mansion. Tom knows in his gut that Dante Halleyville is innocent.
Tom decides to represent Dante along with the superlawyer he has recruited-Kate Costello. Kate is his ex-girlfriend, and they try to work together to discover who really executed three locals and why they went to such incredible lengths to set up Dante as the killer. The also end up discovering that the feelings they had for each other never really went away.
With the entire nation's eyes on this Trial of the Century, Tom orchestrates a series of revelations to lure the real killer out of hiding-and what emerges is staggering. No one could imagine a killer this ruthless.
A different read by Patterson, but still retains that can't put it down style.
The begining is a little slow and I wanted to just put the book down. The way its written is a little different from Patterson's usual style. Once you get to about the middle of the book it picks up speed. The endding is not what I expected at all!
I re-read this due to increased interest in it again by other readers and just as I remembered, it was a great who done it and legal drama. It has everything-- romance, murder, police corruption, drug dealing, celebrities, and small town attitudes-- and it all takes place in the Hamptons and NYC where my sister lives and works so it gave me a personal tie-in to the locale described! A fast read with very short "chapters" from different characters' viewpoints.
"Beach Road" is a typical Patterson novel, in that it is packed with short chapters, full of suspense, mystery, and intrigue. This page turner is truly exceptional until the rug is pulled out from under the reader during the climax.
At first, this book reads like a Grisham hybrid, as a down and out attorney takes on a case in which he is most certainly the underdog.
The attorney is Tom Dunleavey, who is an ex-professional athlete who takes on the case of a young athlete who was framed for the murders of individuals who were well-known, and liked by the community. With lots of circumstantial evidence piled up against the defendant, the entire community thirsting for blood for the seemingly senseless murders, and Tom not having much courtroom experience, the story is almost cliche in that a miracle is needed to overcome the situation.
That miracle comes in the name of Kate Costello, who is Tom's ex-girlfriend. Kate is a star attorney who has already made waves in the legal field as a defense attorney. A desperate Tom seeks out her assistance, and reluctantly, she agrees to take on the case.
Gradually, they work on building up evidence to prove Dante's innocence.
The book is great, until the final twist which really left a bad taste in my mouth.
I won't give away the ending, but the twist is so ridiculous that you basically have to be lied to for the entire novel for the revelation to be conceivable and for the identity of the true murderer to be concealed. It was such a tasteless change of pace in the novel, that it was really difficult to finish the book.
Nice try at trying to avoid the cliched, sappy ending. However, this was just too much of a misstep.
Tom Dunleavy, a former professional basketball player and local East Hampton legend, is getting by as an underworked and unmotivated attorney. His sports glory days and his one true love are long in the past, but he gets second chances at personal and professional redemption when three locals are gunned down, apparently in the aftermath of racial tensions arising from a heated pickup game of hoops. The police seize on Dante Halleyville, the country's best high school star, as their suspect, and Dunleavy must dust off his old courtroom skills and enlist his lost love, Kate Costello, as his partner.
another wonderful book co-written by james patterson. the story kept my interst and the book was very hard to put down. the ending is truly a shocker!!!!!!!!!!
tom dunleavy has his own law firm in the wealthy resort town of east hampton. but business isn't busy because the local rich people already have their own lawyers. but when a friend of tom's is arrested for a triple murder his gut feeling tells him that dante halleyville is innocent. tom recruits manhattan superlawyer kate costello to help with what could be the trial of the century. how tom orchestrates to expose the killer with the entire nation's eyes on him is great. but what emerges as the story developes is staggering and truly will shock everyone. it did me! a must read for james patterson fans.
I was very disappointed in this book! I read a lot of it and was going to throw the towel in. Then decided that I'd read the end to see if it was worthwhile plowing through the rest of the book. I decided it wasn't. So I'm relisting the book.
Tom Dunleavy, ex- NBA, is a lawyer barely making a living in a wealthy resort town. He represents a promising future NBA star accused of a triple murder. Tom's ex-wife becomes his partner for the trial. Many surprises along the way, especially at the end.
I have been disappointed in Patterson's last offerings. This one was much better, although he is still using lots of white space and short chapters to plump up the size of the books. I did enjoy this one, though!
Awesome surprise ending, but not my favorite Patterson book. It jumps around from chapter to chapter with a different character narrating.....not my favorite format. Worth reading if you are a Patterson fan
Tom Dunleavy has a one-man (and one-dog) law firm in the richest resort town in America - legendary East Hampton, summer home to billionaires and megacelebrities. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His clients come from the year-rounders he grew up with, the people whomake a living serving the rich. The movie moguls, models, and corporate honchos who swarm the beaches every summer already have lawyers on their payroll.
The final scenes unveil a truth so unexpected that it will leave readers gasping in shock. Written w/ the whiplash precision that has made James Patterson Americas #1 suspense writer, Beach Road is his wildest and most thrillingly unpredictable novel ever!
This book was awesome!!!! Honestly, it is one of the best books I have ever read, and I have read a lot!!! You will not believe how it ends. I actually had to go back and immediately read the book again!!!
A riviting novel about a group of young men, one of whom is a star athlete and is accused of murder in a very exclusive area of the lengendary East Hampton, a summer home to billionaires and megacelebrites. Another good novel from James Patterson
This is not your typical JP book. Each character tells his own side of the story. I lost interest right away but finished it out of curiosity and it's a JP book. If you don't like a book in the first person this book is not for you. In the beginning of the book JP says since each character is telling their own story you have no idea just who is lying. I was very disappointed in the book, if he writes another in this style I'll skip it.Thank goodness it wasn't any longer or I'd have put it down.
Sometimes a little difficult to follow as each chapter is written from the viewpoint of one of the characters, but I doubt that you will figure out the final twist in advance. A very interesting and sometimes thought-provoking read.
Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in America's wealthiest resort town-legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and celebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll. VERY EXPENSIVE 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. Dante asks him to represent him in what could be the Trial of the Century. VERY EXCLUSIVE Tom recruits Manhattan superlawyer Kate Costello to help. She's a tough hire, because Kate is 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. VERY EXPLOSIVE The final scenes of this book unveil a truth that will leave readers gasping in shock. Written with the precision that has made James Patterson "a master of his genre" (USA Today), Beach Road is his wildest, most thrilling novel ever.
When I pick up a James Patterson novel, I am guaranteed to be entertained, sometimes shocked, but always entertained. In Pattersons novels, I almost always find stories filled with very interesting characters; even the villains are intriguing. I cant ignore the fact that they reel me in, regardless of whether I love or hate the character. Pattersons ability to make these characters come to life and leap off the page is very impressive. In Beach Road, he does it again.
Tom Dunleavy is a likeable guy. Hes a guy you could be buddies with. After his career with the NBA is sidelined, he becomes a lawyer, though hes not a very prominent lawyer.
Kate Costello is tough as nails. If you are the underdog, you will want her in your corner. She demonstrates a dogged determination to do the right thing; she even walks away from her law firm rather than defend a man she knows is guilty. She is one of those people that will walk through fire for the people she cares for. She used to care for Tom Dunleavy until he broke her heart and she hasnt forgiven him yet.
Dante Halleyville is a young man that bad luck seems to follow. Raised by his grandmother, he struggles to overcome the adversity that has plagued his life and rise above the tragedy that has followed him. He is talented and intelligent and is on his way to a superstar career in the NBA. When he is accused of murder, his life hangs in the balance.
This book is narrated by several points of view. Tom, Kate, Dante and Loco, a local drug dealer, who has a keen sense of what is going on, offer their perceptions on the events surrounding them. Tom and Kate agreed to defend Dante and are convinced hes being set up. Convincing a jury of enough reasonable doubt leaves Tom and Kate with their work cut out for them.
This story was a little slow to get going in the beginning, but it changes direction without warning and takes off at high speed. Suddenly, I am caught in the story watching the events unfold, unable to look away. With every visit Tom and Kate make to Dante in jail, the tension mounts. If Dante is innocent, then the killer is still out there and loose ends will need to be tied up. I found myself worrying about the safety of Dante, Tom and Kate. Defending Dante doesnt sit well with the community and Tom and Kate arent highly experienced lawyers.
This isnt one of James Pattersons best stories, but Beach Road is a story that will pull you in and rip the rug out from under you. When everything is revealed, I felt like I had been hit by a bus. I was shocked and surprised and that is what Patterson is good at. Fans of James Patterson will enjoy this story knowing they are in for a great ride and readers new to his books will enjoy the suspense and intense twists.
James Patterson's book are always an easy read, but this was such a page turner I finished it in a single day! Good story, great twist at the end I did not see coming. If you are looking for an interesting story with an unexpected ending this is it.
I haven't read too many by this author. I enjoyed this book. Great story line and a quick read. Really kept me on the edge of me seat the entire time. Was a little more violent and language-ridden that I prefer.
Beach Road started out a little slow but sped up more and more towards the end. By the time I got to the last CD I couldn't believe the pace of the book. The last chapter left me feeling worn out like I just finished a run.
This is the story of two attorneys who fight for the innocence of a young boy who was beieved to be framed for four brutal murders. It takes place in the Hamptons, and has alot of very surprising events! A good book to listen to.
Tom Dunleavy has a one-man (and one-dog) law firm in the richest resort town in America -- legendary East Hampton, summer home to billionaires and megacelebrities. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His clients come from the year-rounders he grew up with, the people who make a living serving the rich. The movie moguls, models, and corporate honchos who swawrm the beachers every summer already have lawyers on their payroll.
Then an old friend of Tom's, a local star athlete, is arrested for a triple murder on the beach near a movie star's mansion. tom knows in his gut that Dante Halleyville is innocent. Dante asks Tom to represent him in what could be the new Trial of the Century and for the first time, Tom is on the spot and in the public eye.
Tom recruits Manhattan superlawyer Kate Costello to help fight this case. She's a tough hire beucase Kate is his ex-girlfriend, and she's seen him at his worst -- but she comes back. All the two have to do is discover who really executed three locals and why they went to such incredible lengths to set up Dante as the killer. Even as Tom wonders whether he can ever get Kate to forgive him for his past sins, the case takes on astonishing dimensions, revealing a world of illegal pleasures, revenge, and fear among the superrich. With the entire nation's eyes on him, Tom orchestrates a series of revelations to lure the real killer out of hiding -- and what emerges is staggering. No one could imagine a killer this ruthless.
The final scenes of Beach Road unveil a truth so unexpected that it will leave readers grasping in shock!
This is a ridiculous book! My husband & I listened to it while traveling. The story was written in such a way that it told the thoughts of main characters. Both in actions and expressed thoughts, characters were portrayed in one light. In the huge twist ending, they were shown to be something else entirely. That means that the thoughts expressed throughout the book until the end were actually lies. What a cop out just to have a shocking ending!!
Each chapter is written from the view of one of the characters all about a murder in the Hamptons. It has quite a twist at the end. I thought it started out kind of slow but I was really anxious to get to the end as I read through it.
Just finished reading this book. Easy reading. I loved it. Finished it in a day and a half. It was suspenseful, and you couldn't figure out the murder (anyway I couldn't and I usually can). I highly recommend it!!:)
i have to say I LOVE JAMES PATTERSON
but not this book
this is the first patterson book i have been able to put down (page 87 to be exact) and have absolutely zero interest in ever picking up again...
like all books- maybe you will like it
i certainly did not...