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Beach Road
Beach Road

Fiction/General
Hardcover
ISBN: 0316167118
$29.95/U.S.
$39.95/CAN
394 pages
6 x 9 1/4
Little, Brown

Paperback (mass market)
ISBN: 0446619140
$9.99/U.S.
$12.99/CAN
400 pages
4-1/8 x 7-1/2
Grand Central Publishing

Welcome to Beach Road
Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His principal clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and megacelebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll.

EXPENSIVE
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 Century.

EXCLUSIVE
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.

EXPLOSIVE
The final scenes of Beach Road unveil a truth that will leave readers gasping in shock. Written with the precision that has made James Patterson America's #1 suspense writer, Beach Road is his most thrilling novel ever.

Beach Road

Fiction/General
Hardcover
ISBN: 0316167118
$29.95/U.S.
$39.95/CAN
394 pages
6 x 9 1/4
Little, Brown

Paperback (mass market)
ISBN: 0446619140
$9.99/U.S.
$12.99/CAN
400 pages
4-1/8 x 7-1/2
Grand Central Publishing

Chapter 8

Dante Halleyville

WHEN MICHAEL PUTS that gun up beside that boy’s head, no one is more freaked than me. No one! Not even the bro with the gun to his head—although he looks plenty freaked too. This is my worst nightmare coming true. Don’t pull that trigger, Michael. Don’t do it.

Because of my promise to my grandmother Marie, I’ve got sixteen months to get through before I go into the NBA, and the only thing that can stop me is some ridiculousness like this. That’s why I never go to clubs or even parties where I don’t know everyone, because you never know when some fool is going to pull out a gun, and now that’s exactly what’s happening and it’s my best friend doing it, and he thinks he’s doing it for me.

And it’s not like Michael and I haven’t talked about it. Michael wants to have my back, fine. But he’s got to stay between me and trouble, not bring it on.

Thank God for Dunleavy. He doesn’t know this, but I’ve watched him since I was starting out. Till me, he was the only player from around here who amounted to much. I used to track him at St. John’s and then for that short time with the pros in Minnesota. He never got the big tout, but if he hadn’t got hurt, Tom Dunleavy would have done some damage in the League. Trust me.

But what Dunleavy does today is better than basketball. It’s like that poem we read in school—if you can keep your head screwed on tight, when all around you motherfuckers are freaking.

When Michael puts the gun to the white guy’s head, everyone scatters. But Dunleavy stays on the court and talks to Michael calm as can be.

Not fake calm either. Real calm—like whatever is going to happen is going to happen.

I can’t say for sure it was like this word for word, but this is what I remember.

“I can tell you’re Dante’s friend,” Dunleavy says. “That’s obvious. As obvious as the fact that this guy should never have thrown a punch at Dante, not at someone who’s about to go to the NBA. He hits Dante, maybe one of his eyes is never the same and the dream is over. So I’m sure there’s a part of Dante that would like to see you mess him up right now.

“But since you’re Dante’s best friend,” he goes on, “it’s not what Dante wants but what he needs. Right? That’s why even if Dante was screaming at you to kill this punk, you wouldn’t do it. Because it wouldn’t help him in the long run. It would hurt him.”

“Exactly,” says Michael, his gun hand shaking now even though he’s trying to cover it. “But this shit ain’t over, white boy. Not by a long shot. This shit ain’t over!

Somehow Dunleavy makes it look like it was Michael deciding on his own to put down the gun. He gives Michael a way out so it doesn’t look like he’s backing down in front of everyone.

Still, the whole thing is messed up, and when I get to my grandmom Marie’s place, I’m so stressed I go right to the couch and fall asleep for three hours.

Nothing would ever be the same after that catnap of mine.

Copyright © 2006 by James Patterson

Beach Road

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6 CDs / 7 Hrs.
Hachette Audio

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ISBN: 1594832242
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4 Cass./ 7 Hrs.

Read by Billy Baldwin featuring Orlagh Cassidy, Erick Bergmann, Todney Gardiner, Rayme Cornell, Charles Turner, and Richard Ferrone
Audio Excerpts (Windows Media)
Beach Road

Fiction/General
Hardcover
ISBN: 0316167118
$29.95/U.S.
$39.95/CAN
394 pages
6 x 9 1/4
Little, Brown

Paperback (mass market)
ISBN: 0446619140
$9.99/U.S.
$12.99/CAN
400 pages
4-1/8 x 7-1/2
Grand Central Publishing

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