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    DescriptionThe upmarket and salubrious area of Long Island is the stamping ground for a dying breed of America's super-rich. It is also the residence of John Sutter, lawyer - very top-drawer, old money, right clubs - and his sensual wife, Susan. Their lives are about to be turned dramatically upside down by their new 'next-door' neighbour - a certain Mr Frank Bellarosa, top Mafia don and master manipulator. It is he who will impress upon them a rule much older than the archaic etiquette of the old-money set: a favour accepted is a favour owed. A modern classic, this stylish, compelling and provocative novel will grip you, shake you, challenge you; but above all it will enthrall you.


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    Title
    Gold Coast
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nelson DeMille
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 640
    Width: 108 mm
    Height: 182 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780751531213
    ISBN 10: 0751531219
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: FJ
    BIC E4L: THR
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC006000
    Thema V1.0: FJ, FH
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Sphere
    Publication date
    01 March 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Nelson DeMille is one of America's most popular and bestselling authors, and a new book from him is a keenly awaited event. A former US Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam, he is the author of nine acclaimed novels. He lives in Long Island, New York.
    Review quote
    Captivating...addictive...irresistible. Washington Post The so-called 'Gold Coast will never be the same again' DAILY MAIL
    Review text
    DeMille's best - and wisest - so far: a fabulous mainstream entertainment that should be subtitled Variations on a Theme by F. Scott Fitzgerald Though DeMille (Word of Honor, 1985; The Charm School, 1988) reprises The Great Gatsby at almost three times Gatsby's length, and finally produces a novel less moving and high-flown than Gatsby, he nonetheless also models his characters more roundly, features a stronger plot - and offers an unputdownable read. It's filled with death, taxes, sex, the Mafia, and the very, very rich in the Long Island enclave called the "Gold Coast" - that area where the Roosevelts (said "Roozvelts") and the Vanderbilts held court, and where the inbred manners are such that people are instantly bored by the mention of money (although business is all right). Into this golden oyster moves the biggest gangster in America, Frank Bellarosa, who buys the decaying Alhambra estate and restores it to overwhelmingly vulgar heights of excess: his pink marble "palm court" has dozens of brightly plumed tropical birds and is "a cross between a public aviary in Rio de Janeiro and an upscale florist shop in a Florida mall." Meanwhile, his next door-neighbor is snooty tax lawyer John Whitman Sutter, husband to the even snootier Susan Stanhope Sutter. Bellarosa invades their lives, partly to draw the impeccable Sutter into Frank's defense for his murder of a Colombian drug-dealer, and partly to get Susan into bed. DeMille enjoys spicing things up with kinky sex (all mild but out-of-character for John Sutter to narrate about Susan), a lead-pipe murder, and a Little Italy shooting. The best stuff is Sutter's legal maneuvers for Bellarosa and DeMille's familiarity with tax law. The climax shows us that the very rich - like Daisy Buchanan - can get away with murder. Does DeMille put all this together as an outsider pretending to be an insider? Perhaps - but one quickly surrenders to the sheer skill and lived-in quality of each page. (Kirkus Reviews)