The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1)

The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1)

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by Nelson DeMille

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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

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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 Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world. Told from Sutter's sardonic and often hilarious point of view, and laced with sexual passion and suspense, THE GOLD COAST is Nelson DeMille's captivating story of friendship and seduction, love and betrayal.

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Joanne Kaufman
''The Gold Coast'' glitter is Nelson DeMille's sharp evocation of the vulpine Bellarosa and of Sutter, a wonderfully sardonic, self-mocking man betrayed by a midlife crisis. In his way, Mr. DeMille is as keen a social satirist as Edith Wharton....The novel bogs down only when Mr. DeMille insists - all too frequently - on ending chapters with heavy-handed portents. The reader does just fine without them.
— The New York Times

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Grand Central Publishing
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John Sutter Series, #1
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4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.32(d)
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13 Years

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The Gold Coast

By Nelson DeMille

Warner Books

Copyright © 1997 Nelson DeMille
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0446673218

Chapter One

I first met Frank Bellarosa on a sunny Saturday in April at Hicks' Nursery, an establishment that has catered to the local gentry for over a hundred years. We were both wheeling red wagons filled with plants, fertilizers, and such toward our cars across the gravel parking field. He called out to me, "Mr. Sutter? John Sutter, right?"

I regarded the man approaching, dressed in baggy work pants and a blue sweatshirt. At first, I thought it was a nurseryman, but then as he drew closer, I recognized his face from newspapers and television.

Frank Bellarosa is not the sort of celebrity you would like to meet by chance, or in any other way, for that matter. He is a uniquely American celebrity, a gangster actually. A man like Bellarosa would be on the run in some parts of the world, and in the presidential palace in others, but here in America, he exists in that place that is aptly called the underworld. He is an unindicted and unconvicted felon as well as a citizen and a taxpayer. He is what federal prosecutors mean when they tell parolees not to "consort with known criminals."

So, as this notorious underworld character approached, I could not for the life of me guess how he knew me or what he wanted or why he was extending his hand toward me. Nevertheless, I did take his hand and said, "Yes, I'm John Sutter."

"My name's Frank Bellarosa. I'm your new neighbor."

What? I think my face remained impassive, but I may have twitched. "Oh," I said, "that's ..." Pretty awful.

"Yeah. Good to meet you."

So my new neighbor and I chatted a minute or two and noted each other's purchases. He had tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and basil. I had impatiens and marigolds. Mr. Bellarosa suggested that I should plant something I could eat. I told him I ate marigolds and my wife ate impatiens. He found that funny.

In parting, we shook hands without any definite plans to see each other again, and I got into my Ford Bronco.

It was the most mundane of circumstances, but as I started my engine, I experienced an uncustomary flash into the future, and I did not like what I saw.


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The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 165 reviews.
DeeBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
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."
trobinson84 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time. I read it about 2 years ago and have read it agian since. John Sutter (like John Corey) is another DeMille protagonist that you can easily develop a "literary-crush" on. The story starts out very slow going through the history of the gold coast. if you can get through that, it is the most amazing story. If you read this, you must follow up with the sequel "The Gate House." It is not at all slow paced like The Gold Coast. It grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. I'm just hoping for a trilogy!
Suzed More than 1 year ago
I'm certain that many people agree - although *every* DeMille book is completely enjoyable and hard to put down - this is by far his best written. The characters are well drawn, letting you identify, love or hate them. Though I rarely laugh out loud while reading books, I did so often while reading this one. I love DeMille's sense of humor! I've read this book twice and will likely do so again in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Sutter and his Mafia neighbor are FANTASTIC characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this after reading THE GATE HOUSE which was given to me. Even though I knew the ending and basic story before I picked up the book I did make a goal-oriented trip for purchase. The writing style creates a clear imagery of our country's rich, famous, and infamous. The attitudes, behaviors, perceptions and even the isolation of the rich is believable. Not being rich or famous, I have to assume the portraits are realistic and objective. I loved this book but definitely recommend reading GOLD COAST first. THE GATE HOUSE picks up where the GOLD COAST ended obviously. When reading THE GATE HOUSE the writing style (first person silent thoughts, etc.)was a distraction: a bit wordy and ardurous. (After acceptance of the writing style, it was smooth sailing!) GOLD COAST absolutely required this writing style and would be a "comfortable" fit in THE GATE HOUSE if the books were read in order. Read both books in correct order. I'm on my way for another DeMille book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Gold Coast is an awesome read. Nelson DeMille is indisputably a fantatic writer whose books grab the reader and just won't let go, but this might be his very best. You won't want to put it down once you start reading, and you'll wish there was more when you finish. Lucky you - he just wrote a sequal, nearly 20 years after the publication of The Gold Coast - entitled The Gate House.

Read everything by DeMille - he's great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is certainly different from some of the Author's other work, but definitely one of my favorite books. I regularly re-read this book and its sequel, "The Gate House."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first it was a little slow too discriptive for me; I wanted to read about the mafia don and mr. John sutter and wife Susan, but it got there and i found i could not put it down. The interaction between the don and mr. Sutter and susan kept you turning page after page until you realized you were almost finished.( I would highly recommend this book . Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that is worth buying in hardback for rereading. Well written, memorable characters, great storyline. While I love all DeMille's books, Gold Coast and Up Country are standouts, worth reading and rereading. He sets the standard.
DMS More than 1 year ago
One of DeMille's best as sets up a clash of cultures on Long Island Gold
Coast. His most humorous of all as he places a Mafioso as a newcomer next door to an WASP upper crust lawyer in this wealty enclave - hilarity ensues!
NORMA 9 months ago
This was one of the most enjoyable book that I have read in years. Made me laugh out loud, kept me totally focussed, great characters.
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Got a bit bogged down in places but still kept me hooked. A bit like soap opera that I couldn't stop taping.
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I fell in love with this story and the characters. I couldn't put it down wanting to find what happened next. The characters were well developed and complex, the scenery well placed. I highly recommend this book, well worth the cost and time!
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Mimi1942 More than 1 year ago
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.
Oliver10IL More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Nelson DeMille's book, and always enjoy them, in fact I have a hard time putting them down once I start one. So I went back the first John Sutter Series and caught up on what his story line was. It was very interesting and I learned in part why he hates Ted Nash so much. It's an oldy, but a goody.
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