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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 Gol 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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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 Gol 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.

30 review for Gold Coast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    DeMilles best, and one of my all time favorite books - if you read nothing else by him, this is the one. Its awesome. Very clever and sarcastic, well researched, set on the gold coast of long island with some mafia ties - I love love love this book and have read it like 6 times.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    "The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby on the Gold Coast" This is a quote by the author from the forward in this book. I have read many of his books but his was a different read from what I am used to. I am mostly familiar with his mystery / suspense / thriller stories such as Plum Island featuring John Corey the ex-NYPD cop now Anti-Terrorist agent. This is a different story altogether with a different protagonist. John Whitman Sutter is a Wall Street lawyer married to Susan Stanhope Sutter who li "The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby on the Gold Coast" This is a quote by the author from the forward in this book. I have read many of his books but his was a different read from what I am used to. I am mostly familiar with his mystery / suspense / thriller stories such as Plum Island featuring John Corey the ex-NYPD cop now Anti-Terrorist agent. This is a different story altogether with a different protagonist. John Whitman Sutter is a Wall Street lawyer married to Susan Stanhope Sutter who lives on the North Shore of Long Island (The Gold Coast). The Sutter's and their WASPish friends and neighbors are still living on estates and clinging to the past trying to prevent the encroachment of developments and suburbia. They may have to live in the guest house on the estate because no one can afford to live in the manor house any more but they still have their country club, yacht club, and horses. And when things get dull there are kinky sex games. Despite all of this John Sutter is going through a mid-life crisis. Then he meets his new neighbor. Frank "The Bishop" Bellarosa is the head of one of New York's most notorious crime families. He is from Brooklyn but accidentally stumbled upon the Gold Coast and buys the crumbling mansion next door to the Sutters. He sinks millions of dollars into restoring the estate and also sucks the Sutters into his orbit. Soon Frank Bellarosa becomes John Sutter's client ... and his mid-life crisis becomes the least of his problems. Nelson DeMille grew up on Long Island close to where much of this story takes place. It was interesting to read about the fabled Gold Coast and imaging what life must have been like when the Astor's, Morgan's, Rockefeller's, and Vanderbilt's, et al lived like royalty. It was an intriguing look into other worlds and cultures. What really made this a good story was the interesting characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diane Ehrlich

    This is my all-time favorite from Nelson DeMille, one of my favorite writers. Although I like his writing for his characters, particularly his little-bit-of-a-smartass heroes and strong-willed, red-headed heroines (can't imagine why), his plots tend to be driven by international spy, military or police stuff. Not this one. Nice Long Island man has life ruined when Mafia don moves in next door. Funny, moving and beautifully written. I guarantee you will not be able to put it down.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    John Sutter is a lawyer living off of his wife's family fortune on the Gold Coast of Long Island. These people and their friends are snobs. John is a pompous ass who is going through a mid life crisis. He needs an adventure, a challenge. And lucky for him, this challenge moves in right next door in the form of the boss of the NY mafia. The two become aquaintances, friends, business partners, lawyer/client, rivals... The relationship between these two men, as well as their wives is sleazy, but pr John Sutter is a lawyer living off of his wife's family fortune on the Gold Coast of Long Island. These people and their friends are snobs. John is a pompous ass who is going through a mid life crisis. He needs an adventure, a challenge. And lucky for him, this challenge moves in right next door in the form of the boss of the NY mafia. The two become aquaintances, friends, business partners, lawyer/client, rivals... The relationship between these two men, as well as their wives is sleazy, but predictable. None of the characters are likeable or relatable. This book could have used a better editor, as it was at least 200 pages too long. The story itself was dull and uneventful. I kept waiting for something to happen, and nothing really did. I've enjoyed reading Nelson DeMille in the past, but this was a big let-down. He portrays Long Island and Long Islanders well, but beyond that, the book was lacking.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    Nelson DeMille takes a different approach with The Gold Coast, I'm used to the John Corey series, an ex-NYPD Cop and an Anti-Terrorist operative, not with this one, with The Gold Coast, the criminal underworld. The Gold Coast introduces us to John Sutter, a long-time Wall Street lawyer, who lives in the Gold Coast, Long Island, New York, with his beautiful wife Susan. Sutter's world is turned upside down when he meets his next-door neighbor, Mafia Don Frank Bellarosa, the head of one of New York' Nelson DeMille takes a different approach with The Gold Coast, I'm used to the John Corey series, an ex-NYPD Cop and an Anti-Terrorist operative, not with this one, with The Gold Coast, the criminal underworld. The Gold Coast introduces us to John Sutter, a long-time Wall Street lawyer, who lives in the Gold Coast, Long Island, New York, with his beautiful wife Susan. Sutter's world is turned upside down when he meets his next-door neighbor, Mafia Don Frank Bellarosa, the head of one of New York's most notorious Crime Families. The Sutter's befriend Bellarosa and his wife Anna, but John slowly realizes that Bellarosa is not a man to be crossed, when Sutter is approached by him as his defender at a Murder trial, and at the same time getting drawn into Bellarosa's criminal empire, with Bellarosa making Sutter an offer that he can't refuse. I've always been a fan of Italian Gangster flicks, especially the ones with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, seeing as they're 2 of my favorite actors! My 3 top favorite Gangster flicks are The Godfather, Goodfellas, and The Untouchables. I've always been into the History of the Mafia, always been fascinated with it. I've read up on tremendous amounts of History on infamous Italian Mobsters such as Al Capone, John Gotti, John Dillinger, Jimmy Hoffa, Bugsy Siegel, Paul Castellano, Henry Hill, and the Gambino Crime Family, I could go on forever, HAHA! DeMille delivers his comedic tone, and hilarious sarcasm by John Sutter's point-of-view that will have you laughing out loud. And I really enjoyed the chemistry between Sutter and Bellarosa. A great story, great plot, and great characters! This would make another great Mafia film! Maybe one day!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Patrick

    John and Susan Sutter have a bad case of the RWPP- Rich White People Problems. John's a Wall Street tax attorney and Susan is a hedge fund silver-spoon-stuck-up-her-ass woman. They live in the Gold Coast, a stretch of land on Long Island where the rich ride horses, sit around the country club, highly gossip and judge others. It's all very Great Gatsby, until Frank "The Bishop" Bellarosa moves in next door. Bellarosa is the Mafia don of the New York family. John, who has been suffering from RWPP John and Susan Sutter have a bad case of the RWPP- Rich White People Problems. John's a Wall Street tax attorney and Susan is a hedge fund silver-spoon-stuck-up-her-ass woman. They live in the Gold Coast, a stretch of land on Long Island where the rich ride horses, sit around the country club, highly gossip and judge others. It's all very Great Gatsby, until Frank "The Bishop" Bellarosa moves in next door. Bellarosa is the Mafia don of the New York family. John, who has been suffering from RWPP and was in dire need of some excitement in his life, got more than he bargained for. An innocent meeting at the nursery between John and Frank sets the stage for an unpredictable and explosive relationship. DeMille does a fantastic job of writing a Mafia character that doesn't feel like a bad caricature of the Godfather. Bellarosa did remind me slightly of Pauly Walnuts from The Sopranos-something so charming about him that you have to like him- but then would flip that charming demeanor on its head and would display such evil and conniving behavior. DeMille never lets the reader forget that Bellarosa is a Mafia don, and he's the don for a reason. John Sutter was a badass and I loved his character. Of course, as a WASP he was pretentious at times, but his humor won me over. He had the best lines of the novel. “But if I could choose how and when I wanted to die, I would want to be an eighty-year-old man shot by a jealous young husband who had caught me in bed with his teenage wife.” Read this one. The storyline is great, the characters are well-developed and rich, and for a book written in the 90s, this book didn't feel dated or irrelevant whatsoever. Well done.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    So disappointing. Maybe a book so hyped is bound to fall flat. But John Sutter is without doubt one of the most annoying characters of any book I've read. His humor got easily tiresome. I couldn't stand one more "capisce" or "mamma mia." (I'm Italian, my family comes from Brooklyn, and not even with 50 of us in one room during the holidays do I hear that many "capisce" and never "mamma mia.") One day Sutter is a Gold Coast snob (I'm from Long Island and his type and his wife's type really exist) So disappointing. Maybe a book so hyped is bound to fall flat. But John Sutter is without doubt one of the most annoying characters of any book I've read. His humor got easily tiresome. I couldn't stand one more "capisce" or "mamma mia." (I'm Italian, my family comes from Brooklyn, and not even with 50 of us in one room during the holidays do I hear that many "capisce" and never "mamma mia.") One day Sutter is a Gold Coast snob (I'm from Long Island and his type and his wife's type really exist) and the next he's waking up hungover on a lawn and hanging with the Mafia. Annoying perhaps is an understatement. I'm a huge fan of DeMille's and even had the pleasure of interviewing him many years ago. He's a great storyteller. But The Gold Coast did not live up to what so many said will be one of the best books I'll ever read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Hovis

    I love all of Nelson Demille's books, but this one is my favorite and, I think, my favorite book by any author. His writing is laugh out loud hilarious and the main character has a dry sense of humor. This book is a cross b/w The Great Gatsby and The Godfather.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    When a mob boss moves to the Gold Coast, the wealthiest part of the East Coast, the elite and grandfathered in residents, are in an uproar, but at the same time very curious. To the residents dismay a not so affluent couple of the neighborhood lets their boredom get the best of them, and they become embroiled in a world they know nothing about, and are not at all prepared to handle. A great read that takes you on a ride through the tangled lives of the very rich with original characters and wond When a mob boss moves to the Gold Coast, the wealthiest part of the East Coast, the elite and grandfathered in residents, are in an uproar, but at the same time very curious. To the residents dismay a not so affluent couple of the neighborhood lets their boredom get the best of them, and they become embroiled in a world they know nothing about, and are not at all prepared to handle. A great read that takes you on a ride through the tangled lives of the very rich with original characters and wonderfully described scenery settings. Christian Rummel's narration did an excellent job bringing each personality to life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Finder

    One of my favorites. More of a straight “novel” than a thriller, but this, along with all of DeMille’s books since then, is a model of how to incorporate humor and attitude into your storytelling without diminishing the suspense.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike French

    The Great Gatsby meets The Godfather! John Sutter,a wise-ass Wall Street attorney from the North Shore of Long Island(The Gold Coast) has a Mafia Don move next door. A very interesting and enjoyable story that all Nelson deMille fans will enjoy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    I'm not sure I've ever read a novel that gave me quite as much pleasure as this one. Hilarious, suspenseful, and unexpectedly moving, it comes packaged as pulp fiction, and yet without pretensions acquires real weight and power. An absolute delight.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Randee

    I haven't liked a book with Mafia characters this much since The Godfather. I actually like this better since I think it has a lot more contrast and context. The Godfather is all Mafia all the time, but this had a rip roaring story line of blue bloods and what happens when a Mafia don moves into a neighborhood of old money. Nobody is exactly likable but John Sutter, the blue blooded lawyer, who is the main protagonist, has a certain style (aka smart mouth/quick wit) that I appreciated. I also re I haven't liked a book with Mafia characters this much since The Godfather. I actually like this better since I think it has a lot more contrast and context. The Godfather is all Mafia all the time, but this had a rip roaring story line of blue bloods and what happens when a Mafia don moves into a neighborhood of old money. Nobody is exactly likable but John Sutter, the blue blooded lawyer, who is the main protagonist, has a certain style (aka smart mouth/quick wit) that I appreciated. I also really enjoyed 'the meeting of the minds' these two men had with one another. Two intelligent minds that are worlds apart, and yet, get one another on a very fundamental level. I had never read this author and I just picked this spontaneously because it sounded interesting. When I got to the end, I was very pleased to see that there is a sequel, The Gate House, that I will borrow from the library on my next trip!

  14. 4 out of 5

    C

    meh It was just okay. It needed some major editing. A whole lot of that book could have been cut out so that it didn't have to reach 400 pages. It was mildly entertaining, but if I didn't have this problem with returning books before I have read them I would have dropped this one long ago. I did enjoy the way in which it was written, which was more like the author was speaking with you in a conversation. a solid meh.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    I really enjoyed this book and like another reviewer said it is a cross between The Great Gatsby and The Godfather. The story of a mafia don who moves next door to a lawyer and against all odds get on. There is plenty of humour throughout the book and even though it is over 600 pages I found it such an easy read full of suspense, emotion and plenty of sarcasm. I never expected to like this book so much and now plan to read more of Nelson DeMille's work.

  16. 5 out of 5

    debra

    I both read and did audio(few years later) of this book. It was many years ago-don't know if it will stand the time test...BUT I know I so thoroughly enjoyed both versions. There was a lot of funny ,sarcastic humor in it and a great story. I LOVED IT !!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kramer Thompson

    GARBAGE

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    A very good story about the clash between a 40 year old lawyer on the North SHore of Long Island, his heiress wife and their dealings with a mobster. I found the story a little unbelievable. The Main character John Sutter mouth some really trenchant commentary about the North Shore, but I just did not really buy into the idea that even though he is inherently unhappy with his parents, and his wife's parents and sometimes with his wife and his safe life that he would just get so involved with the A very good story about the clash between a 40 year old lawyer on the North SHore of Long Island, his heiress wife and their dealings with a mobster. I found the story a little unbelievable. The Main character John Sutter mouth some really trenchant commentary about the North Shore, but I just did not really buy into the idea that even though he is inherently unhappy with his parents, and his wife's parents and sometimes with his wife and his safe life that he would just get so involved with the mobster. Of course part of the reason he gets involved is that the mobster uses him. After seeing the Sopranos on television the impact of the mobsters is even more real. Anybody they touch is tarnished, and Sutter and his wife both are seduced and in some ways destroyed by both the Gold Coast and their dealings with the mobster.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marius van Blerck

    I always enjoy a good thriller, especially when I am on holiday, and in the past have rated a number of Nelson De Mille's books highly. Inexplicably, this one is a total turkey. The plot is poor, the dialogue cringing, the humour feeble, and, most importantly, it totally lacks "thrill". Avoid at all costs.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Wow! What a good book! It's like the Great Gatsby meets the Italian maffia! One of those rare enjoyable books where you put it down a little smarter and you laugh along the way. I recommended it those who appreciate sarcasm and enjoy a jaded perspective every now and then. Read it now!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tori Montes

    Nelson DeMille forwards this book with praises like it will change your life, the best book of all times and how readers have begged for the movie and I realized as I read the book the narrator John Sutter is doing the same through out the book to keep the readers from putting it down. Example the cynical sarcastic Sutter states I didn't know that later that day I'd be facing felony charges or Maybe what happened later wouldn't have happened if not for this event...etc... This novel is lauded as Nelson DeMille forwards this book with praises like it will change your life, the best book of all times and how readers have begged for the movie and I realized as I read the book the narrator John Sutter is doing the same through out the book to keep the readers from putting it down. Example the cynical sarcastic Sutter states I didn't know that later that day I'd be facing felony charges or Maybe what happened later wouldn't have happened if not for this event...etc... This novel is lauded as the greatest since the Great Gatsby as it is the post generational look at the Gold Coast after Gatsby's death but where Gatsby had heart this has none. We have a cynical sarcastic narrator who marries a wealth cold cat-like woman with an over developed sexual appetite. Now John's ancestors are not the rich old money but working class which is already a problem for him as she owns everything and there's a prenup. As he is disillusioned with the society of blue bloods, snobs who are dishonest as the day is long, enter mafia boss Frank Bella Rosa a gangster right out of any novel with a mafia Don. Even his wife Anna is a cardboard cut out big breasted dumb and family orientated. The novel went into such great detail about the homes etc... and no one was the least bit likeable. But it did work to put me to sleep several nights.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Way too long, didn't get to the point, redundant, seemed dated (didn't stand the test of time). John could be very witty but grew tiresome. Susan Really?? She was absurd. John's mid life crisis might explain getting involved with a mobster but the path he took in the face of tax evasion charges was out of character and didn't seem a plausible choice. Lot of elements in the story that you spend a lot of time reading about and they never get tied back into the story, just left hanging there as thr Way too long, didn't get to the point, redundant, seemed dated (didn't stand the test of time). John could be very witty but grew tiresome. Susan Really?? She was absurd. John's mid life crisis might explain getting involved with a mobster but the path he took in the face of tax evasion charges was out of character and didn't seem a plausible choice. Lot of elements in the story that you spend a lot of time reading about and they never get tied back into the story, just left hanging there as threads. Rarely do I read ahead in a book but I found myself with very little patience for this story and would skip pages on several occasions. I could never endure reading the Gate House but did find myself perversely interested in whether John is stupid enough to get back together with Susan.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This was soooo not my kind of book. I was able to really rush through the 500 pages because I couldn't care less about these shallow blue-bloods and their sexual fantasy scenarios or convos with their mafioso neighbor. I had heard from a lot of people that this was such a fabulous book, but I didn't get it. This rich guy in a flat life basically has a mid-life crisis and gets involved with the Mafia don who lives next door and I never really cared one bit what happened to any of them! Yea! It's This was soooo not my kind of book. I was able to really rush through the 500 pages because I couldn't care less about these shallow blue-bloods and their sexual fantasy scenarios or convos with their mafioso neighbor. I had heard from a lot of people that this was such a fabulous book, but I didn't get it. This rich guy in a flat life basically has a mid-life crisis and gets involved with the Mafia don who lives next door and I never really cared one bit what happened to any of them! Yea! It's over. The stupid thing is I know The Gate House is the sequel written almost 20 yrs later, and I find myself oddly curious about what whom he writes about in it--I'm a glutton for punishment sometimes!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    I can't believe I gave up on a Nelson DeMille novel! I read over 100 pages and just couldn't get into it. Nothing was happening! Maybe I can give it another try later...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mainon

    I kept comparing this in my head to Sidney Sheldon's Rage of Angels -- both books are a few decades old, both involve lawyer main characters and Mafia-related secondary characters. I loved Rage of Angels, and really wanted to love this too. But I never quite *got* the marriage between John Sutter and his wife. We're constantly reminded that they love each other, but most of the time he doesn't seem to like her very much. Not that he dislikes her either -- he seems to feel curiously insouciant to I kept comparing this in my head to Sidney Sheldon's Rage of Angels -- both books are a few decades old, both involve lawyer main characters and Mafia-related secondary characters. I loved Rage of Angels, and really wanted to love this too. But I never quite *got* the marriage between John Sutter and his wife. We're constantly reminded that they love each other, but most of the time he doesn't seem to like her very much. Not that he dislikes her either -- he seems to feel curiously insouciant toward the beautiful, rich wife with whom he regularly has amazing and creative sex. The lack of emotion was weird and off-putting. The picture DeMille paints of the Gold Coast, however, was lovely and made me want to rent a car and drive out among the old mansions. There are a few recurring bits of the book that haven't aged so well; it seems silly that John has never heard of (and is horrified by the idea of) fried squid / calamari, and is overwhelmed by the discovery of Pellegrino, the fascinating Italian carbonated water. Also, at some point John makes a prediction that Little Italy will far outlast the Gold Coast because there's something so unchanging about it... but if you've been to Manhattan lately, you know Little Italy has shrunk to nothing but a two-block stretch of Mulberry Street.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marci

    this was a terrific surprise. I picked this up just to kill some time until my Nefertiti book came in at the library, and figured I'd put it down then and continue later. but... I could not put this book down. the story was ify in the beginning but some thing kept holding me to it! as I got further in, I had to know what was going to happen next. Can't really give away too much of the plot, but it is very " Great Gatzby"-ish as Demille also says in his forward. Characters were interesting and a this was a terrific surprise. I picked this up just to kill some time until my Nefertiti book came in at the library, and figured I'd put it down then and continue later. but... I could not put this book down. the story was ify in the beginning but some thing kept holding me to it! as I got further in, I had to know what was going to happen next. Can't really give away too much of the plot, but it is very " Great Gatzby"-ish as Demille also says in his forward. Characters were interesting and a lil weird. I have lived on long island all my life and never really knew about the "gold coast". or at least that it was called that.John was funny, Susan was a psycho, and Frank Bellarosa was an interesting bird also. I liked the mafia angle. all in all I really enjoyed this book. Demille is actually making a sequel to this which should be interesting. I have no idea really where he can go from that ending. but we will see!

  27. 4 out of 5

    AndyS

    You will laugh, you will cry. Having read all of Nelson Deville's books on Audible, this newly added book (to Audible) was a no-brainer purchase. This book was originally published in about 1991 (as far as I can tell). Separate from the book is an introduction by the author, he believes that that this book will weather the test of time better than any of his other works. No doubt this will be true. The genre of the book is a TRAGITY (i.e. Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"). Be prepared that the b You will laugh, you will cry. Having read all of Nelson Deville's books on Audible, this newly added book (to Audible) was a no-brainer purchase. This book was originally published in about 1991 (as far as I can tell). Separate from the book is an introduction by the author, he believes that that this book will weather the test of time better than any of his other works. No doubt this will be true. The genre of the book is a TRAGITY (i.e. Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"). Be prepared that the book is very different than his other books (i.e. The Lion's Game), But just as good! Don't buy this book if you expect a clean happy ending where the hero defeats the bad guy and everyone goes home happy. I also highly recommend the recently published sequel to this book "The Gate House". Lucky for you that you don't have to wait 20 years wondering about the main characters and their heartacke.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Maskus

    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. Suc 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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rex Fuller

    Their kids are gone. Their idyllic lives on Long Island's Gold Coast are closing in. John Whitman Sutter and Susan Stanhope Sutter are bored. But after Frank "The Bishop" Bellarosa buys the crumbling mansion next door to their crumbling mansion, and the Sutters associate more and more with the Mafia don, boredom becomes the least of their problems. DeMille says he conceived and sold this book as "The Great Gatsby meets The Godfather." That's true if you add "as written by Henry James." Much of th Their kids are gone. Their idyllic lives on Long Island's Gold Coast are closing in. John Whitman Sutter and Susan Stanhope Sutter are bored. But after Frank "The Bishop" Bellarosa buys the crumbling mansion next door to their crumbling mansion, and the Sutters associate more and more with the Mafia don, boredom becomes the least of their problems. DeMille says he conceived and sold this book as "The Great Gatsby meets The Godfather." That's true if you add "as written by Henry James." Much of the dynamic derives from the Jamesian internal struggle. There's an awful lot to like about this.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Enrico Tassinari

    This book left me with mixed emotions. It's a great book, very well written, the modern Gatsby in many ways. But it's a bitter picture of american society, of american dream, of american family, of middle age crisis and of relationships between men and women. Nonetheless you can't put it down, you have to see the ending, you have to see how deep is the bottom of the well. It's bitter, but it's also fun (as every Demille's novels) and has that grotesque side that helps you to keep the distance fr This book left me with mixed emotions. It's a great book, very well written, the modern Gatsby in many ways. But it's a bitter picture of american society, of american dream, of american family, of middle age crisis and of relationships between men and women. Nonetheless you can't put it down, you have to see the ending, you have to see how deep is the bottom of the well. It's bitter, but it's also fun (as every Demille's novels) and has that grotesque side that helps you to keep the distance from that dark side that's inside everyone of us, that helps you think "ok, this is a stretch, things aren't really like that, people doesn't really do it like this". But under the grotesque layer, you know that people can be really like that.

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