Publisher: Little, Brown
Publishing Date: Aug. 1, 2009
Format: hardcover, purchased
Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paperclips. His principal clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and megacelebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll.
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 Cenury.
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.
The finals scenes of Beach Road unveil a truth that will leave readers gasping in shock.
Wow. That last sentence of the synopsis is dead on. The whole time I was reading the story, I couldn't figure out who the killer was or what actually happened. But those last few chapters are crazy! I never, never expected that story to end the way it did. I don't know how Patterson does it; the way he tells his stories is unbelievable. If anyone is looking for a good murder-mystery, look no further! The characters in this story are so easy to relate to. I always believed Dante was innocent; he was such a good kid, how could anything this bad happen to him! When the truth about what happened that night, and the days and nights since, is revealed, you won't believe what you just read! I'll say it again and again, James Patterson is one of my absolute favorite authors ever! (: