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Wenn Er Fällt, Dann Stirbt Er

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Jack Mullen studiert Jura an der Columbia University. Eines Tages ereilt ihn die schreckliche Nachricht vom Tode seines jüngeren Bruders Peter. Dieser ist angeblich bei East Hampton im Meer ertrunken. Schon diese Behauptung reicht aus, um in Jack Zweifel aufkommen zu lassen. Die Brüder sind am Wasser aufgewachsen, kennen jede Strömung und die Gezeiten genau. Das kann kein ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published January 5th 2004 by Ehrenwirth (first published 2002)
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LARRY
Apr 25, 2007 LARRY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunit
As posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:

This is my first book that I've read of Patterson's. I saw his list of books and found it interesting that he co-writes with other authors. However, it doesn't seem to be a bad idea. With *The Beach House*, I found it to be interesting how fast you can read through a book with small chapters. It turned out not to be such a bad idea.

Peter Mullen is found dead at the beach in the Hamptons. The officials in the town are calling it a suicide. However, Jack, the
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Kelly
Jul 11, 2007 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beach Readers
I can not stand James Patterson. Only one book, that I have on this list was actually worth reading of his. This book is so simple that it actually insults my intelligence, but that is just his writing in general. If you want to sit on the beach with the water hitting your feet and be able to read a book fast without having to think, this is your book. Actually this is all his books
Aubrey
Feb 03, 2009 Aubrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's probably not fair for me to review this book, since I only made it 70 pages in. I just was not interested! My mind was wandering and I'd have to read the page again! I won't know if it's the author or just the book because I don't really feel like picking up another one of this guy's books. Plus, there was a lot of swearing going on too. Just didn't like it!
Dana
Aug 19, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big James Patterson fan, but I liked this book. The short chapters are great! -seems like I read a book with short chapters faster because I think, "Oh just one more chapter won't hurt; it's only 1:00am and I can breeze thru another 3 before 1:30." ha!

My favorite quote from the book is on page 154, and I believe this is why Mr. Patterson wrote the book. Like me, he seems tired of the "rich" getting away with breaking the laws of the land because of who they are, who they know, or becau
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Erin
Jun 02, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Maybe it's because I haven't read a James Patterson book in a while, or maybe it's Peter De Jonge's influence (I haven't read anything by him before), but this story didn't impress me the way most of Patterson's novels -- especially the Alex Cross stories -- have.

The story seems rushed, a feeling that's aided by the extremely short chapters. To my knowledge, Patterson has never written Mitchner-length chapters, but he at least used them to build suspense. For instance, you would get to a particu
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Liz!
Nov 08, 2007 Liz! rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i read this only because there was absolutely nothing left to read and no way of obtaining anything else to read. it served to remind me why i have never, and will never again, read a james patterson "novel." (term used EXTREMELY loosely.) why are all his chapters 3 paragraphs long? why does anyone buy his books? the great mysteries of life.
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Another good mystery. I really enjoy Patterson's book. They keep your interest right from the beginning.
Adam Light
Nov 25, 2012 Adam Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I am not a big Patterson fan, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I read it while stuck in a traffic jam for three hours. I don't think I have ever read a book that quickly. A page burner.
Heather
Oct 11, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Sarath Krishnan
Mar 02, 2013 Sarath Krishnan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is after such a long time that I take a book in my hand, so long really. A really terrific narrative...


I like books which can be completed reading within a single sitting, so I give 100% to this story. I can't give a straightforward single reason on why I like this. There are those who like murder mysteries and detective fiction because of the thrilling narrative, and there are those who consider them as third-rate comparing to the 'intellectual writers'( sincerely, I don't know who are they)
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Aaron
Sep 18, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When his brother Peter turns up dead with a strong suspicion of suicide, law student, Jack Mullen decides that it is time to figure out what really happened. His brother would never have committed suicide, particularly since the body looks like Peter was beaten to death.

On the night in question, Peter had been hired to work as a valet at a huge Memorial Day bash on the Long Island estate of the extremely wealthy and influential Barry Neubauer and family.

Jack brings int he help of his grandfathe
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Maria Ulery
Aug 21, 2013 Maria Ulery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book, I started loving to read late in life only about 2 years ago so I am very behind! Anyway I was going to the beach so I thought it appropriate to take this book Beach House with me and I absolutely love James P and murder mystery books. The Mullen family has had a very bad week by the beginning of the book, the mother passed away years ago, and by the first half of the book 2 more family members are gone. Didn't want to give away spoilers! But ...more
Kandice
Sep 08, 2015 Kandice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
This is my first James Patterson novel. This is my last James Patterson novel, unless someone can convince me to give him another shot.

This book was T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E!!

I downloaded the audiobook from my library and I'm having trouble returning it; computer glitch or my library doesn't want it back? I'm guessing the latter.

This was the first audiobook that I've read (and I've read a lot) that has musical sound effects to compliment the narrator. You know that "dum dum" sound on Law & Order that
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Harish Challapalli
Huh!! I wasted almost a week for this book!! I could not switch to other book and at the same time this was not very interesting!!

If u want to waste some time read this book
Gerard
Apr 17, 2016 Gerard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good thriller with an emotional touch, we can't help agreeing with Patterson when he says in an erstwhile interview, 'Peter de Jonge is a better wordsmith than I am.'
Renee M
Jun 18, 2016 Renee M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just. Such. Awful. Crap.
Why did I finish? I'll admit that at first I was drawn in by the lure of handsome young brothers in the Hamptons; one murdered, one seeking justice. But it quickly became entirely ridiculous. Still, I kept telling myself that it couldn't get worse. Or more puerile. Or hackneyed. But it was a bottomless drop. And then that became a kind of fascination. A hideous, grimace-making fascination. Which might be a reason to pick this up. If you have superfluous brain cells to ki
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Mimi
Mar 05, 2010 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My biggest problem with a book like this is not knowing who really wrote it - did Patterson & De Jonge really co-write the book or did Patterson give De Jonge the idea and did De Jonge in turn write the story. Oh well -there's no denying the commercial aspect of the publishing business I guess!

That being said, this book helped me through some rough times as I began it while was in the hospital being fed intravenous antibiotics for a massive infection. It kept me busy without having to worry
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Ryne Barber
Jun 25, 2009 Ryne Barber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Book Review - The Beach House by James Patterson & Peter De Jonge

The Beach House


I'm going to get right into it, without any skirting around - if you've never read a James Patterson novel, here's a great place to start. I've only read one other book by him, but The Beach House impressed me so much that it gets an ultimate recommendation.

It's not that Patterson's thriller breaks a lot of ground in the suspense/thriller literary genre, in fact opting for a simple storylin
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Rie_dominique
Wuiihhh... sekali lagi saya nyatakan kalau saya adalah penggemar berat James Patterson. Buku-bukunya tidak pernah gagal membuat saya terpaku dan tidak melepaskan pandangan dari kalimat-kalimat yang terpampang.

Jack Mullen, mahasiswa hukum tahun kedua, pulang berakhir pekan kerumah orangtuanya dan disambut dengan berita kematian adiknya Peter. Polisi menyatakan kematian Peter adalah karena tenggelam dilaut, sedangkan tubuh Peter dipenuhi memar-memar bekas pukulan dan banyak tulang retak.

Tidak puas
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Lori Henrich
Jack is working as a summer intern in a big league firm that is runs a project that helps people get off of death row. Jack is working on a case right now for them. Jack's younger brother Peter was working the big beginning of summer beach party. He worked it every year for quite a few years. Peter is found washed up on the beach after the party. Just about everyone wants to believe that it was accidental or suicide. Jack doesn't believe it and tries to find out what really happens. But the weal ...more
Wanda Gibbons
I read this on the iPad. Intriguing story and not nearly as repetitive as Grisham.s Sycamore Row. Patterson finds a way to tell the story without exposing the reader to all the evidence before the trial. Well done Mr. Patterson. I enjoyed reading this.
Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking the cars of the Hamptons' elite --- and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well. Then Peter's body is found on the beach. Jack knows the dr
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Keith
Jun 17, 2009 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Perry Lake
Nov 23, 2015 Perry Lake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
“THE BEACH HOUSE”
by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge (2002)

This book is over a hundred chapters long. But they're all two or three pages long. It makes for a fast read. It's also easy to set it down. Also, if a character disappears for few chapters, there's usually a brief reminder of who he or she is, such as, “Then I had lunch with Alice, my brother's next-door neighbor.”

This makes me wonder if the book was written as serious literature or a 'beach read', a book intended to amuse but one tha
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Mom/judy
Jan 24, 2009 Mom/judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a while back. Patterson co-writes with several authors. This one I thought was going to be a slow read--- not so! To quote from the jacket " The Beach House is a breathtaking legal thriller of deceit and revenge--with a finale so shocking, it could only have come from the mind of James Patterson."
Julia
Jan 24, 2009 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beach House was the first book I have read, written by the author James Patterson. When this book was first suggested to me by my teacher I was not sure what to expect, and it did not seem to be anything I would have been interested in. I decided to give it a shot anyways. At the beginning of this book one of the main characters named Peter Mullen was found laying out on a beach in the Hampton's dead. That evening Peter was working as a valet at a Memorial Day party for a wealthy and man nam ...more
Jerry
Jul 23, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Entertaining (short) Beach Book, Grisham-esque!

The dust jacket leads off with the claim that the authors have "written THE beach read of the season...", so let's start by acknowledging this is an entry in fun summertime reading, not classic literature. That said, Patterson and de Jonge have collaborated to amuse and entertain for a most pleasant afternoon read. Take out the blank and half-blank pages, and what's left barely extends beyond page 200, so it is a fast run through. The short (t
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Wendy
Jul 25, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Mullen is a brilliant Columbia Law student when his younger brother, Peter, drowns in the ocean off East Hampton. They grew up on the beaches of The Hamptons and Jack is convinced that Peter's death was no accident. There's just no way Peter would have gone for a late-night swim while working at the $40 million beach house known for its elite parties where he parked cars and such since he was thirteen. Chief Detective Frank Volpi insists Peter's death was either an accident or suicide. But ...more
Diana Lyn
For what it's worth, The Beach House had me completely glued from the first part up to the last part. Although it didn't send me the kind of hair raising experience, I was glad I ever borrowed the book.

I would say that it was an ease to read through the whole book with just one sitting. I thought at first it was really annoying the way the chapters were chopped into a few pages, but, after a while, I got used to it. I didn't even notice that Patterson co-wrote this book. I suppose that I wasn't
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Essy
Feb 21, 2012 Essy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seperti biasa, hanya ada satu kata untuk karya James Patterson, KEREEEEN... Ga rugi menghabiskan waktu buat baca buku ini..... Sama seperti karya James Patterson yang pertama saya baca (KISS THE GIRL), mulai dari halaman pertama, ga bisa berhenti bacanya (kecuali untuk shalat dan makan tentunya xixixi...) Salut untuk kegigihan Jack dan kakeknya Mack dalam mengungkap misteri pembunuhan adiknya Peter, tak peduli apapun ancaman yang harus mereka hadapi...Kasihan sama Peter yang tanpa disadari terje ...more
Benjamin Solah
Mar 22, 2009 Benjamin Solah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson’s ‘The Beach House,’ has nothing in it profound enough to be a picking point. But this seems to be the problem for this flat and unmoving work, that doesn’t resemble the reputation that the writer has acquired from classics, such as ‘Kiss the Girls.’

‘The Beach House’ moves steadily through the story with no real fault, except that it is mostly predictable and nothing really exciting is going on. But there is a point between sections where a vague chapter or two tells us some sort
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