The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1)

The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1)

by Nelson DeMille
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The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1) by Nelson DeMille

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394583860
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/1990
Series: John Sutter Series , #1

About the Author

Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther and Radiant Angel. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, and The General's Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture. For more information, you can visit NelsonDeMille.net.

Hometown:

Long Island, New York

Date of Birth:

August 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974

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The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 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 More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got a bit bogged down in places but still kept me hooked. A bit like soap opera that I couldn't stop taping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Nelson DeMille book and I'm hooked!
Anonymous 25 days ago
I am an avid reader and cant believe it took me so long to read one of the best books I ever read..a wonderfully written sometimes very funny cant put down......I stayed up til 5am reading......read part 2 The Gatehouse which was also a page turner.....I absolutely loved,JohnSutter, the straight laced sarcastic Wasp Wall Street Attorney......who needed a challenge.....boy,did he get one!
Delphimo 10 months ago
A more pompous jerk such as John Sutter has not graced many books. John has all the pluses of life-wealthy wife, prestigious job, community status; but that is not enough. John and his wife, having expended all their sexual fantasies, turn to the head of the Mafia, Frank Bellarosa, for more excitement. Nelson DeMille plants exotic sexual scenes throughout the novel that could have been omitted. The passion between Frank and Susan, explains Susan, is a meeting of the minds and not the bodies. Such extremes in one book. John loses his ganache and becomes a raging lunatic who insults family and friends. The book runs on and on and gets nowhere with John's disillusionment with life and work. Maybe men enjoy this type of novel, I did not.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Overall the book is interesting at time but way too long for what it delivered. There wasn’t much action or much intrigue it was just a long convoluted story to say “this is how we got here”. The characters aren’t likable in any way, which really made it hard for me to enjoy the book as well. Overall after two Nelson DeMille books I’ve decided he’s not for me.
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