The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1)

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Overview

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.

A boy becomes a phenomenal baseball player one summer when a mysterious stranger resembling Babe Ruth befriends him.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759522626
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: John Sutter Series , #1
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 5,098
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Nelson DeMille is the author of fifteen acclaimed novels, including the #1New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, and The Gate Houseand New York Times betsellers Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General's Daughter. For more information on the author, you can go towww.NelsonDeMille.net.

Biography

Nelson DeMille has a dozen bestselling novels to his name and over 30 million books in print worldwide, but his beginnings were not so illustrious. Writing police detective novels in the mid-1970s, DeMille created the pseudonym Jack Cannon: "I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday," DeMille told fans in a 2000 chat.

Between 1966 and 1969, Nelson DeMille served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. When he came home, he finished his undergraduate studies (in history and political science), then set out to become a novelist. "I wanted to write the great American war novel at the time," DeMille said in an interview with January magazine. "I never really wrote the book, but it got me into the writing process." A friend in the publishing industry suggested he write a series of police detective novels, which he did under a pen name for several years.

Finally DeMille decided to give up his day job as an insurance fraud investigator and commit himself to writing full time -- and under his own name. The result was By the Rivers of Babylon (1978), a thriller about terrorism in the Middle East. It was chosen as a Book of the Month Club main selection and helped launch his career. "It was like being knighted," said DeMille, who now serves as a Book of the Month Club judge. "It was a huge break."

DeMille followed it with a stream of bestsellers, including the post-Vietnam courtroom drama Word of Honor (1985) and the Cold War spy-thriller The Charm School (1988) Critics praised DeMille for his sophisticated plotting, meticulous research and compulsively readable style. For many readers, what made DeMille stand out was his sardonic sense of humor, which would eventually produce the wisecracking ex-NYPD officer John Corey, hero of Plum Island (1997) and The Lion's Game (2000).

In 1990 DeMille published The Gold Coast, a Tom Wolfe-style comic satire that was his attempt to write "a book that would be taken seriously." The attempt succeeded, in terms of the critics' response: "In his way, Mr. DeMille is as keen a social satirist as Edith Wharton," wrote The New York Times book reviewer. But he returned to more familiar thrills-and-chills territory in The General's Daughter, which hit no. 1 on The New York Times' Bestseller list and was made into a movie starring John Travolta. Its hero, army investigator Paul Brenner, returned in Up Country (2002), a book inspired in part by DeMille's journey to his old battlegrounds in Vietnam.

DeMille's position in the literary hierarchy may be ambiguous, but his talent is first-rate; there's no questioning his mastery of his chosen form. As a reviewer for the Denver Post put it, "In the rarefied world of the intelligent thriller, authors just don't get any better than Nelson DeMille."

Good To Know

DeMille composes his books in longhand, using soft-lead pencils on legal pads. He says he does this because he can't type, but adds, "I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting."

In addition to his novels, DeMille has written a play for children based on the classic fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin."

DeMille says on his web site that he reads mostly dead authors -- "so if I like their books, I don't feel tempted or obligated to write to them." He mentions writing to a living author, Tom Wolfe, when The Bonfire of the Vanities came out; but Wolfe never responded. "I wouldn't expect Hemingway or Steinbeck to write back -- they're dead. But Tom Wolfe owes me a letter," DeMille writes.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jack Cannon; Kurt Ladner; Brad Matthews; Michael Weaver; Ellen Kay
    2. Hometown:
      Long Island, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974
    2. Website:

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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.



Continues...


Excerpted from The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille Copyright © 1997 by Nelson DeMille. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    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 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."

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

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    My favorite book of all time

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    DeMille's best

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Great Literature

    John Sutter and his Mafia neighbor are FANTASTIC characters!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    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 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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Great mental imagery

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

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    Probably DeMille's Best Book

    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. <BR/><BR/>Read everything by DeMille - he's great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Jaysoar

    It is alright. My character is ready though. Wolfheart! Wolfheart!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Outstanding! TM November 23, 2012

    Once again Nelson DeMille has devoloped characters so real and unique you will miss them when you conclude your reading. You will be transported to a time and a place that is the perfect backdrop for the drama so wonderfully revealed. From the country club to little Italty to the ruins of forelorn estates you will be saddened when it all ends. People will be reading this book 100 years from now!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    One of my favorite DeMille books

    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."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Great book

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    A book that is worth buying in hardback for rereading. Well wri

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    A new favorite for me!

    This was my first Nelson DeMille book and I'm hooked!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2008

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    Hilarious

    One of DeMille's best as sets up a clash of cultures on Long Island Gold <BR/>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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 November 23, 2013

    HUNTING AND PATROLING

    GOLDCLAN ONLY

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

    Highly Recomend

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Willowsong

    The best!a new chapter of my story comes out soon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Love love love this series!!!

    I came across the 2nd book by accident but fell in love so now I am reading the series in order!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    WOW!! What a story, a must read book

    I loved this story very thought provoking, differnt emotions expressed on a roller coaster kind of ride

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