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The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1)

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Demille always worth the time

    Demille always spins a great yarn, his sense of humor is always on point, I just didn't find his gangsters to be all that believable.

    J.R. Locke Author, Possible Twenty a Gangster Tale
    & Down and Out in Manhattan



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    Posted August 8, 2011

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Great read!

    Wonderful book and some chuckles in between the lines of a story relating to the Mafia in NY and the rich of the "Gold Coast" of Long Island. loved it!

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

    Tight story

    Loved this novel. Was a little lengthy, but kept me turning the pages all the way through. Even though you know what's coming in the end, it happens with a twist that you really don't expect. Thoroughly enjoyable, will re-read one day in a few years and enjoy it just as much!

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

    Fun, fun, fun

    I loved this book when I first read it, and even more the second time, years later. The story deals with a preppie lawyer going through a midlife crisis, and what happens when a Mafia Don buys the mansion next door. Very fun. Lots of steamy sex and a good amount of violence, all balanced by a great sense of humor.

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  • Posted November 29, 2008

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    Atypical Demille

    I really enjoyed this book and despite its 700 plus pages I read it quickly. The characters were completely offbeat and enjoyable. There was lots of profanity...which considering the character of a Mafia boss was authentic. Kind of a strange marriage with the main character...perhaps the sequel will delve into that alittle further. Very entertaining reading...lacks depth that typically come with a Demille novel, but was not a waste of my time at all...of course I am a total bibliophile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2003

    Great plot!

    It was a little too slow in the first chapters, but it pick up and the last few chapters were awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    Not the gold coast you're thinking of...

    This was a great introduction to Nelson DeMille, although I understand that this book is not like most of his work. I truly enjoyed this book. I found my mind drifting to the characters and talking about them the whole time I read this book. You¿ll enjoy the cynicism and wit of John Sutter (and all the trouble he finds himself in) and the character that IS Frank Bellarosa. I laughed out loud at a lot of the dialogue between the two. Personally, I would love to see this made into a movie! Read this story¿capisce? (You¿ll appreciate that line when you read the book.)

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