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The Gold Coast (John Sutter #1)

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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
Hardcover, 780 pages
Published 1990 by grand central publishing
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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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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)
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Jessica
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
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
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.
Jessica
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
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Tara
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)
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Joseph Finder
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.
Mike French
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.
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meh

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.
Eli
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.
Victoria
May 12, 2008 Victoria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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!!
Jeffrey
Nov 08, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Kirsten
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
Eve
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...
Mainon
Mar 11, 2011 Mainon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Marci
Jan 23, 2008 Marci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Alice
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
Marius van Blerck
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.
Quillracer
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
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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
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Erin
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
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Revo
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
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Mr_mck
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.
Felicity
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
Tony Perez-Giese
Since we are right smack dab in the middle of summertime, I am going to recommend one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME. Yeah, I know DeMille is kind of a hack, but he was touched by the divine on this novel. I have read this book 10 times, and recommended it to over 40 people. Only one of them came back with anything but praise (and that dude was a Faulkner scholar at Duke, if that tells you anything ;).

Let's just say the GREAT GATSBY meets THE GODFATHER. Wonderful stuff. And perfect for the bea
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Marjorie
Almost 5;* crazy ending, outwardly one dimensional heroine, who went to sarah lawrence(but why? all she does is ride horses, screw, dress up in gazebos, paint romantic ruins? And those sulky withdrawn periods mask her absence of moral compass); the protagonist in the midst of mid-life angst equally unbelievable -- how can you be 40 with 20 yr old kids, served in the military, graduated law school, etc... Plus its tooo long...But after you suspend belief, writing is great, plot complex, subject f ...more
Sridhar Babu
Author..
Nelson Demille..
Characters..
Frank Bellarosa, John Sutter, Susan Sutter, Anna, George, Ethel, William Stanhope,
Location..
Lattingtown, Long Island, New York..( Stanhope hall and Alhambra)
Genre..
Family drama...
PLOT..
John Sutter,.. a wall street lawyer,cheerleader of law and order, loving family man.. lives a calm , incident free life at Stanhope Hall, Lattingtown, New York. Married to Susan, daughter William Stanhope, a millionaire in Long Island. As a person John Sutter is law abiding
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Leftbanker
I’m being too generous with this rating but I tend to over-rate everything and only slam books that I think are dishonest. This book is just good, clean fun. Demille mentions in the new introduction to the book that The Gold Coast has been compared to Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. I would never make that comparison and it doesn’t deserve it. Gold Coast only explains two worlds of New York society and both of them are stinking rich. His only brush with the proletariat is the old couple wh ...more
James Britt
Jan 02, 2015 James Britt rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: abandoned
Here's a tip to writers: Do not compare your book to the Great Gatsby unless your book really is comparable to the Great Gatsby. Do not, as DeMille does in his forward, claim some reviewers think your book is even better than the Great Gatsby unless your book really is better than the Great Gatsby.

The Gold Coast is like the Great Gatsby in that in takes place on Long Island. And that's it.

The Gold Coast is plodding, snarky, and unfocused. Much gets described seemingly for the purpose of allowin
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Eva Melusine Thieme
The Gold Coast is social satire at its best. The plot, deliciously foreshadowed at several points along the way, is so captivating that you won’t find yourself able to put the book down, the characters are very well drawn, and the dialogue is witty and hilarious. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud many times.

The author himself, Nelson DeMille, describes it as “The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby on the Gold Coast.” And that about sums it up. John Sutter, a lawyer and the self-deprecating n
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an
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