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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755349520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755349524
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It certainly is a brilliant ending. Once again, Patterson delivers another fast-paced thriller. A fine example of a master at work.' (www.crimesquad.com)

'A clever and powerful mystery-thriller.' (The Daily Telegraph, Australia)

Patterson writes with whiplash precision in this relentless page turner. The cut-to-the-bone storyline is delivered in snappy three page chapters that resonate with cinematic efficiency...a slick, punchy thriller. ( Western Australian )

'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 )

'The novel has a rich characterisation often absent in legal potboilers... Anyone who likes to relax with a Grisham novel will enjoy this superior story.' ( The Times )

'Taut, laconic, hard-boiled - all the things American thrillers are supposed to be' ( Guardian ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE on 8 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
James Patterson is surely in danger of putting his name to a few too many novels. With the vast quantity published each year, supposedly 'co-written', one wonders if he is writing in his sleep to fit quite so many into the 24 hours each day provides. It's interesting that other websites state this book to be by Peter de Jonge and James Patterson, implying that the former may have had more to do with it than the latter.

Beach Road has Patterson's trademark short chapters that certainly have you racing through a lot of pages in a short time. It's an unusual structure, told in the present tense by several of the characters involved in it.

The central character, lawyer Tom Dunleavy, does the lion's share of the narration and is an interesting character with whom you always feel there is something not being told. Other characters, such as the ex-girlfriend he hooks up with in order to defend a young man accused of multiple killings, play their part, but it's Dunleavy who leads the way and he who holds the attention of the reader in the build up to the trial and ultimately in the trial itself.

Beach Road is a moderately good thriller that suffers from two major flaws. Firstly, the blurb builds it up too much and also leaves you looking for the twist. And secondly, perhaps as a direct result of that, it's a wee bit predictable. Far from being left in shock, as promised, I found myself a little cheated.

James Patterson is letting himself down by collaborating with too many authors and the quality of the subsequent work is decidedly mixed. Honeymoon was a very good thriller. Beach Road is interesting, but distinctly average. Let's hope Patterson rediscovers the spark that made him, at his best, one of the greatest living crime writers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graham Simons on 29 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
Having read a number of Patterson's books, I found this effort somewhat bizarre, especially when you reach the last few pages.

Patterson (and co-author Peter de Jonge) use a first-person style of writing throughout, as the handful of main characters tell the story from their own points of view.

Although this took a bit of getting used to, I had no real problems with it and Patterson's famously short chapters are still easy to read in this style.

The central character is Tom Dunleavy, a former professional basketball player who suffered a career-ending injury, before setting up a small law firm in an exceedingly affluent area (Steven Spielberg is a resident - and even makes a ridiculous and pointless appearance in the book, alongside George Clooney and Julianne Moore).

I can only imagine Harlan Coben would have read Dunleavy's background with more than a passing interest, as it is a near-exact copy of his excellent character Myron Bolitar, although Dunleavy, like many of the other characters in this book, are nowhere near as likeable as that creation.

The basic story is that Dunleavy is recruited by young basketball star Dante Halleyville, who is accused of three brutal murders, to act as his defence.

The plot throughout is loose, but the book at least skips along at a reasonable pace.

However, the ending is bordering on ludicrous and makes no sense of much of what has gone before it. Yes, it is an interesting twist, although the list of potential suspects are actually somewhat short. It could have potentially worked well, but it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and smacks of Patterson going for a shock reaction from the reader, rather than building a story that will support his ending.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. P. Poole on 5 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
The best James Patterson to date, I have read everything he has written and he has been a bit hit and miss of late, but with this one he has excelled himself. Fantastic riveting read, I could not put it down and I was shocked when I found out whodunnit!!! I had no idea. Clever writing. Let's have more of this quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lord Shigeru on 8 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
I enjoy reading Patterson and as with all books by Patterson Beach Road is very easy to read and I didn't want to put it down. Unfortunately, a decent novel was ruined by one of the most unneccesary twists I have ever read. It seems as though Patterson wanted to do something shocking with this twist and added it regardless of how it fitted in with the preceeding story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Misty on 20 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My first James Patterson novel and it sounds like the purists aren't happy - but I am!! I quite liked the style of writing and loved the short sharp chapters. At first, I wasn't sure about the chapters being written from different points of view, sometimes I'd forget which character was narrating (I think this was because the two main characters were similar) but by the end, I appreciated the purpose and importance of this technique. The twist at the end is mind-blowing (if a little far-fetched, but don't let that put you off). Although it's inevitable that your mind will start trying to guess the twist because you now know there is one (I didn't when I bought the book), try NOT to work it out and just read so you get maximum impact! I noticed that some pretentious reviewers claimed they worked out the twist, way before the denouement - I think not...and even if a few of the geniuses did work it out, don't listen to them. They're just trying to pooh-pooh the novel, perhaps due to their not being happy with the differences in style to the old Patterson novels (some of the other reviewers have inferred that De Jonge wrote most, if not all of the novel). Anyway, maybe after I've read some of the classic Patterson novels, I'll understand why they were so disgruntled - or maybe I'll think Beach Road was one of his best! Some said that they worked it out because of reading professional reviews of the book - all I can say is that I'm glad I didn't see any of those as it would've ruined my enjoyment; try to avoid them in this case - and buy Beach Road!!
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