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The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1)

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The Gold Coast

Start with a witty, cynical attorney, if you can imagine such a person. Add his saucy, sultry wife. Mix in a generous helping of organized crime chieftan, sex, and murder, place on a hot flame, stir not so gently, and there you have it. The perfect recipe for a great...
Start with a witty, cynical attorney, if you can imagine such a person. Add his saucy, sultry wife. Mix in a generous helping of organized crime chieftan, sex, and murder, place on a hot flame, stir not so gently, and there you have it. The perfect recipe for a great book: master fiction writer Nelson DeMille's seminal work, "The Gold Coast." The tragic confluence of these ingredients might well have been dubbed "the perfect storm." But that more literal title was saved for a different book written years later by a different author. DeMille weaves a gripping tale with equal measures of humor, titillation, and dramatic tension in his captivating "page turner" style. From the story's early moments describing John and Susan Sutter "horsing around" in both the equine and physical sense, you won't want to put it down. Then, when you are finished and put it down you must, pick up DeMille's 2008 sequel written 18 years later in real time, and ten years later in story time. If you loved their first encounter, you will enjoy the twists and turns of John and Susan Sutter's tumultuous reunion with one another, and with the crime chieftan's kin, back on Long Island's Gold Coast in "The Gate House."

posted by DeeBookReviewer on February 6, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I won't read the sequel

I'm 200 pages in and still waiting for the story to start. The first 100+ pages are not a story. I feel like this is more of a history book with a few pages of titilation and story teasers thrown in. The way it is written I don't find the history interesting because ...
I'm 200 pages in and still waiting for the story to start. The first 100+ pages are not a story. I feel like this is more of a history book with a few pages of titilation and story teasers thrown in. The way it is written I don't find the history interesting because he just keep veering off in the middle of a story sequence to tell about something and it's irritatingly repetitive. I get the family dynamic already it doesn't need to be mentioned over and over again. The history isn't what I thought it was supposed to be about. If you say the word "Anyway" more that 22+ times in the first 60 pages it's because there is a constant need to get back to the story that was being told. It's very hard to get into the characters or the story with constant interuptions and a very slow progression.

posted by Stormylee on March 15, 2013

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Enjoyed but a little slow at times!

    This book was more dialog than action but I enjoyed Heroin John Sutter's witty thoughts and remarks. He was funny, thoughtful, courageous and certainly didn't go along with the "crowd." In fact most of the time he went against the flow...It is amazing that DeMille could write a book with 500+ pages and keep my interest, but he accomplished just that. Charm School is still my favorite, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Gold Coast is a fascinating walk behind the walls of America's old money.

    Despite the interesting plot twists, The Gold Coast is essentially an character-driven novel. Susan and John Sutter are the last vestiges America's 19th century fortunes. Their prim an proper exterior hides an elaborate sexual fantasy life, which they carry out in all corners of their 250 acre estate. When a New York mafia don moves in next door, the thread that holds their life together begins to unravel.

    Nelson DeMille knows these people well and opens up every corner of their lives for us. It is definitely a page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    It's Ok.....

    This book was an ok read. Although I liked the overall plot and detailed characters, there was too much dinner conversation and money talk. I guess i was expecting a little faster paced read considering he lived next door to The Notorious Frank Bellarosa. I was expecting more gangster stuff and less dinner parties. It did have a good ending though where it finally picked up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2002

    Boring .

    The book is very boring . The characters in the book talk to much , there is almost no action going on troughout the whole book , and the only characacter I liked is Frank Bellarrossa .

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