Patterson packs deception in 'Beach House'

"The Beach House" by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge is the perfect book to take to the beach this summer. It's a classic page-turner, filled with murder, sex, intrigue and deception.

Set in the trendy Hamptons on New York's Long Island, the novel opens with the death of a local, Peter Mullen. His jet black eyes and hair made it obvious, even in death, why every girl Peter ever smiled at since age 14 smiled back.

Peter, who just turned 21, had taken a break from parking cars at a Memorial Day weekend party at the $40 million home of Barry and Campion Neubauer. Later, his battered body is found on the beach. Local police call it a drowning; perhaps a suicide. His older brother, Jack, sets out to prove it was murder.

Patterson, whose best sellers include "Violets Are Blue" and "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas," and de Jonge, co-author with Patterson of "Miracle on the 17th Green," have divided this murder mystery into tasty, bite-size chapters.

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