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Have you read: ‘The Beach House’ is a quick literary getaway

Jennifer Evans

“The Beach House” by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

“The Beach House” starts out in the Hamptons on Long Island. Peter Mullen is a high school dropout who is hired to park cars at the annual Memorial Day party at the home of Barry Neubauer, one of the richest men in the area. Sometime during the party Peter is murdered and left to wash up on the beach. The cover-up begins right from the start, with the local authorities ruling the death either a suicide or accident. Peter’s brother, Jack, doesn’t buy it. Physical evidence shows that Peter was beaten to death.

Jack is a law student at Columbia University and he risks his future law career to find the answers to Peter’s death. At first he sets out to prove his brother was murdered, but the murder inquiry turns into a disaster. When Jack’s friends are threatened, he plots to avenge his brother’s death. Macklin, Peter’s grandfather, and Pauline, a private investigator, help Jack get justice. Together they dig up evidence that Peter’s murder was part of a cover-up involving sexual scandal, blackmail and corruption.

“The Beach House” is a quick read written in short chapters making it easy to fit into busy post-holiday schedules. It is a far-fetched thriller with plenty of action.

According to the author’s Web page, James Patterson has sold more than 100 million books. His Alex Cross series is the top-selling detective series in the United States. A number of Patterson’s books have been made into movies. Patterson has also started a series for teens beginning with “Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment.” His last 17 novels have been No. 1 on the New York Times best-sellers list. He has been awarded the Readers’ Digest Readers’ Choice Award, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year Award and the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery.

Stop by the Lake Tahoe Branch Library at 233 Warrior Way in Zephyr Cove and pick up one of James Patterson’s many books. For more information call the library at (775)588-641.

– Jennifer Evans is senior library technician at Lake Tahoe Branch Library in Zephyr Cove.

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