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The Gold Coast (John Sutter #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  19,407 Ratings  ·  1,114 Reviews
Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gol ...more
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Published April 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1990)
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Emily McEwan This is one of my favourite books. It is brilliantly written, has an excellent story line and is witty to the point of laughing out loud all the way…moreThis is one of my favourite books. It is brilliantly written, has an excellent story line and is witty to the point of laughing out loud all the way through (I first read this on the plane and was met with some strange looks). John Sutter has a hilarious sense of humour and all the characters work together with such ease. I loved it. Enjoy!(less)
Jose Evelio She didn't have sex with them ,but she was an unfaithful wife,always looking for extramarital sex,flirting with married men.Imagine,red hair and green…moreShe didn't have sex with them ,but she was an unfaithful wife,always looking for extramarital sex,flirting with married men.Imagine,red hair and green eyes!!!!!!!!!
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Jul 06, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DeMilles best, and one of my all time favorite books - if you read nothing else by him, this is the one. Its awesome. Very clever and sarcastic, well researched, set on the gold coast of long island with some mafia ties - I love love love this book and have read it like 6 times.
Diane Ehrlich
Jan 07, 2008 Diane Ehrlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is my all-time favorite from Nelson DeMille, one of my favorite writers. Although I like his writing for his characters, particularly his little-bit-of-a-smartass heroes and strong-willed, red-headed heroines (can't imagine why), his plots tend to be driven by international spy, military or police stuff. Not this one. Nice Long Island man has life ruined when Mafia don moves in next door. Funny, moving and beautifully written. I guarantee you will not be able to put it down.
Sarah Hovis
Oct 02, 2007 Sarah Hovis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Nelson Demille's books, but this one is my favorite and, I think, my favorite book by any author. His writing is laugh out loud hilarious and the main character has a dry sense of humor.

This book is a cross b/w The Great Gatsby and The Godfather.
Jan 25, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
John Sutter is a lawyer living off of his wife's family fortune on the Gold Coast of Long Island. These people and their friends are snobs. John is a pompous ass who is going through a mid life crisis. He needs an adventure, a challenge. And lucky for him, this challenge moves in right next door in the form of the boss of the NY mafia. The two become aquaintances, friends, business partners, lawyer/client, rivals...

The relationship between these two men, as well as their wives is sleazy, but pr
Oct 15, 2013 Tara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
So disappointing. Maybe a book so hyped is bound to fall flat. But John Sutter is without doubt one of the most annoying characters of any book I've read.

His humor got easily tiresome. I couldn't stand one more "capisce" or "mamma mia." (I'm Italian, my family comes from Brooklyn, and not even with 50 of us in one room during the holidays do I hear that many "capisce" and never "mamma mia.") One day Sutter is a Gold Coast snob (I'm from Long Island and his type and his wife's type really exist)
Feb 08, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a mob boss moves to the Gold Coast, the wealthiest part of the East Coast, the elite and grandfathered in residents, are in an uproar, but at the same time very curious. To the residents dismay a not so affluent couple of the neighborhood lets their boredom get the best of them, and they become embroiled in a world they know nothing about, and are not at all prepared to handle. A great read that takes you on a ride through the tangled lives of the very rich with original characters and wond ...more
Mike French
Mar 07, 2015 Mike French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Great Gatsby meets The Godfather! John Sutter,a wise-ass Wall Street attorney from the North Shore of Long Island(The Gold Coast) has a Mafia Don move next door. A very interesting and enjoyable story that all Nelson deMille fans will enjoy.
Jun 10, 2007 Eli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure I've ever read a novel that gave me quite as much pleasure as this one. Hilarious, suspenseful, and unexpectedly moving, it comes packaged as pulp fiction, and yet without pretensions acquires real weight and power. An absolute delight.
Joseph Finder
May 27, 2011 Joseph Finder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites. More of a straight “novel” than a thriller, but this, along with all of DeMille’s books since then, is a model of how to incorporate humor and attitude into your storytelling without diminishing the suspense.
Nov 30, 2007 C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

It was just okay. It needed some major editing. A whole lot of that book could have been cut out so that it didn't have to reach 400 pages. It was mildly entertaining, but if I didn't have this problem with returning books before I have read them I would have dropped this one long ago.

I did enjoy the way in which it was written, which was more like the author was speaking with you in a conversation.

a solid meh.
Kramer Thompson
Jul 29, 2016 Kramer Thompson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unreadably-bad
Nov 08, 2008 Jeffrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: demille fans
Shelves: read-in-2008
A very good story about the clash between a 40 year old lawyer on the North SHore of Long Island, his heiress wife and their dealings with a mobster. I found the story a little unbelievable. The Main character John Sutter mouth some really trenchant commentary about the North Shore, but I just did not really buy into the idea that even though he is inherently unhappy with his parents, and his wife's parents and sometimes with his wife and his safe life that he would just get so involved with the ...more
May 12, 2008 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Abby Davis
Wow! What a good book! It's like the Great Gatsby meets the Italian maffia! One of those rare enjoyable books where you put it down a little smarter and you laugh along the way. I recommended it those who appreciate sarcasm and enjoy a jaded perspective every now and then. Read it now!!
Tori Montes
Nelson DeMille forwards this book with praises like it will change your life, the best book of all times and how readers have begged for the movie and I realized as I read the book the narrator John Sutter is doing the same through out the book to keep the readers from putting it down. Example the cynical sarcastic Sutter states I didn't know that later that day I'd be facing felony charges or Maybe what happened later wouldn't have happened if not for this event...etc... This novel is lauded as ...more
Way too long, didn't get to the point, redundant, seemed dated (didn't stand the test of time). John could be very witty but grew tiresome. Susan Really?? She was absurd. John's mid life crisis might explain getting involved with a mobster but the path he took in the face of tax evasion charges was out of character and didn't seem a plausible choice. Lot of elements in the story that you spend a lot of time reading about and they never get tied back into the story, just left hanging there as thr ...more
Chris Gager
Casting about for something "light and fun" to read I came upon this one sitting on my to-read-soon shelf. It's been there for a couple of years I'd say. Unfortunately, I read the sequel, "The Gate House," a few years ago and thus have the general big picture in mind already of what's going to transpire over the 600+ pages of this. Still, it's been pretty entertaining(and informative) as the author exercises his considerable gift of gab. The setting is one of those ultra-rich neighborhoods that ...more
Marius van Blerck
Dec 24, 2009 Marius van Blerck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a good thriller, especially when I am on holiday, and in the past have rated a number of Nelson De Mille's books highly. Inexplicably, this one is a total turkey. The plot is poor, the dialogue cringing, the humour feeble, and, most importantly, it totally lacks "thrill". Avoid at all costs.
May 03, 2014 Eve marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I gave up on a Nelson DeMille novel! I read over 100 pages and just couldn't get into it. Nothing was happening! Maybe I can give it another try later...
Mar 11, 2011 Mainon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mainon by: Kevin Flatley
Shelves: kindle-books
I kept comparing this in my head to Sidney Sheldon's Rage of Angels -- both books are a few decades old, both involve lawyer main characters and Mafia-related secondary characters. I loved Rage of Angels, and really wanted to love this too. But I never quite *got* the marriage between John Sutter and his wife. We're constantly reminded that they love each other, but most of the time he doesn't seem to like her very much. Not that he dislikes her either -- he seems to feel curiously insouciant to ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Marci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chris
this was a terrific surprise. I picked this up just to kill some time until my Nefertiti book came in at the library, and figured I'd put it down then and continue later. but... I could not put this book down. the story was ify in the beginning but some thing kept holding me to it! as I got further in, I had to know what was going to happen next. Can't really give away too much of the plot, but it is very " Great Gatzby"-ish as Demille also says in his forward. Characters were interesting and a ...more
Feb 01, 2016 AndyS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will laugh, you will cry.

Having read all of Nelson Deville's books on Audible, this newly added book (to Audible) was a no-brainer purchase.

This book was originally published in about 1991 (as far as I can tell). Separate from the book is an introduction by the author, he believes that that this book will weather the test of time better than any of his other works. No doubt this will be true.

The genre of the book is a TRAGITY (i.e. Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet").

Be prepared that the b
Mar 14, 2009 Alice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was soooo not my kind of book. I was able to really rush through the 500 pages because I couldn't care less about these shallow blue-bloods and their sexual fantasy scenarios or convos with their mafioso neighbor. I had heard from a lot of people that this was such a fabulous book, but I didn't get it. This rich guy in a flat life basically has a mid-life crisis and gets involved with the Mafia don who lives next door and I never really cared one bit what happened to any of them! Yea! It's ...more
Jul 10, 2016 Kp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed The Gold Coast and was hooked from page 1. The plot was compelling. The main character, John Sutter, was hysterically funny and sarcastic. He is the narrator of the story, and so it was enjoyable to see his character traits, such as his snobbism, revealed through his telling of the story. Frank Bellarosa, the mafia don in the book, was actually a likeable character. I think that is one of the things that made the book fun… reading about his crazy life and his Italian backgro ...more
Jul 16, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
DeMille's best, or so they say, and a great book--but not one of my all time favorites. Very clever and sarcastic, I felt like John Corey was in that book...must be the author? Demille is a great storyteller. Well researched and set on Long Island's Gold coast -- everyone in America is expected to understand that, right? Never been there, never wanted to go; but, the book piqued my interest. It was a bit heavy on the Italian. Great characters--the manipulating mafiosi, the mid-life crisis lawyer ...more
I like Nelson DeMille. I’ve read close to a dozen of his books and liked them all until this one. I tried to stick it out to the end but gave up after slogging through 200 pages.

The story plods along with nothing happening, just John and Susan Sutter, the main characters, ambling through their privileged lives. Everything happens at a pace more suitable to sweltering summer day.

John and Susan are annoying and obnoxious. They act like spoiled kids and snipe at each other like siblings who hate ea
Mark Picketts

Not the usual type of book that I pick up, but it was well liked by some of my family so i thought i would give it a shot. It was an original story; sarcastic, page turning and really funny. It was a refreshing book and well written. I enjoyed reading it and suggest for anyone looking for a beach or airplane read.

Tons of funny/thought-provoking snippits, a couple here:
"Good pubs, like churches, are great equalizers of social distinctions; more so, perhaps, because when you approach the rail in
Jan 01, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I haven't read DeMille in a really long time (not since Plum Island years ago) and I was grateful I had my Christmas break to get through it (sometimes a book comes just when you need to read it...I think I would've been frustrated by its 500 pages if I hadn't had long interrupted periods of time to read it). DeMille's style--sarcastic, biting, funny, honest--is on full display here.

He takes a setting--the ultra rich in Long Island, from very old money--and explores it in a new, interesting insi
Jul 12, 2012 Revo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the logical errors- an upper crust couple is married at 20 and manages in that year to have a child, have the husband serve in the military AND become a lawyer? All this was pre-energy drink too!

Despite the female lead being utterly unlikable-sorry, timeless beauty doth not a sympathetic person make

Despite the Mafia thug being a mix of cunning and Disney-Frank Bellarossa leans on revisionist 'italian history' enough to make you think he took a taser to the head.

Despite the MC being possi
Mar 17, 2014 Mr_mck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've come to really enjoy Nelson DeMille's books. His main character here has a bit of the John Corey humor about him, but from a different mold. The story bogs down just a bit after the trial scene, but has a strong finish. The "over 40" crowd should be able to appreciate the whole mid-life crisis thing, too. All in all, I liked this book very much and can see why so many of DeMille's fan base wrote such great reviews for it.
Aug 16, 2013 Felicity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This guy is such a witty, sarcastic genius I'm going to use a word I never use - it's awesome. Nelson DeMille is a master at bringing characters to life, and for me, this is ultimately what makes for a good novel. I feel like I know John and Susan Sutter personally and intimately, which is testament to the author's skill in character development and use of dialogue. DeMille admits to being asked many times (by women) if (a) he was John Sutter, and (b) if not, how could he be reached. Apparently ...more
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille, then moved with his parents to Long Island. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United S
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