Book Reviews of The Gold Coast (John Sutter, Bk 1)

The Gold Coast (John Sutter, Bk 1)
The Gold Coast - John Sutter, Bk 1
Author: Nelson DeMille
ISBN-13: 9780446360852
ISBN-10: 0446360856
Publication Date: 3/1/1991
Pages: 640
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 252 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I didn't enjoy the story line that well. It was something I had a hard time relating to. The female characters were unbelievable and the voice of the male characters did not ring true.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is one of my favorite books. I have given it to several of my family and friends as gifts throughout the years and they all responded how much they loved it! The characters draw you into the story so soon you feel like you know each personally. A great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Helpful Score: 1
A great read by Demille. The Upper class Gold Coast of Long Island, A wall street Jopurnal man and his new neighbor get involved in the most amazing ways. From crime to humour, this book has it all. Friendship,suduction,love, and betrayal. The author is so witty at times I laughed out loud.
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Helpful Score: 1
I have read all of Nelson Demilles books, he is one of my favorite authors. This book is a different type of story than any others he has written and is one of my favorites. When I first started the book I really didn't think I would like it, however after a few pages I could hardly put it down.
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Helpful Score: 1
An intriguing book about a wall street lawyer and a mafia don coming together - includes romance and suspense!
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Helpful Score: 1
A very liberated husband and wife who are descendants of
Long Island's first settlers, rub shoulders and bodies
with each other and their Mafioso crime boss neighbor. They
are no match for the street wise gangster. Unlike this book,
which is original and funny, the sequel (The Gate House) is not.
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Helpful Score: 1
A really great read!! I loved this story for the excitment and fast paced page turning. A great weekend read.
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Different from the rest of DeMille's books, but I really enjoyed reading it.
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Good read - insight into how the the "upper class" lives
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Fun book to read at the beach or when you don't really want to concentrate too much on what you are reading.
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Great book, but took a while to get to the story. Hang in there, it gets GREAT!!!
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Probably the third time I've read this & enjoyed it again. Of all the DeMille books I've read, this has to be the best!
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One of the best writers out there. He's written many books but this is one of the best. Some may find it boring but the writing itself is worth the read. Great story, good plot, interesting characters who could ask for more!
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Great reading with an interesting story and diverse characters. Also a great series.
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I loved this book. The characters are fascinating. Interesting historical info about Long Island. Mr. Demille's descriptions are concise but easy to picture in my mind. I would love to see this book made into a movie.
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Exciting...suspenseful...couldn't put it down!
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Read all of Nelson DeMille's book (except The Gatehouse). Gold Coast and Plum Island are two of my favorites. He intertwines fact with fiction and moves the story along. Gold Coast takes you into a world of Upper Class WASP's and the dangerous world of the mob.
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Gold Coast: one of DeMille's best. A very tight, fast paced murder mystery that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
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John Sutter, upper class WASP attorney becomes involved with Frank Bellarosa, kingpin of the NY Mafia family when Frank moves into the palatial home next door to the Sutter's. Long but was very informative regarding the famed "Gold Coast" (the North Shore of Long Island)....Some LOL dialog...
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You can't go wrong with a Nelson DeMille book. He describes it as the Great Gatsby meets the Godfather on Long Island.
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Not too deep, but a page turner and fun to read. Author has terrific sense of humor. Enjoy
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Very good reading with an interesting turn here and there.
This book is a little bigger sized than the average paperback.
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Takes place on 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. Story is of a Wall Street lawyer and a Mafia don who draws him into his violent world. Excellent and fascinating!
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This was the first Nelson DeMille novel that I have ever read. Overall, I would rate my experience as average.

The concept of the novel seemed interesting: modern-day Gold Coast society meets the Mafia. However, I found the history of the Gold Coast, the ruin and abandonment of its palatial homes, and the allusions to the grandeur that was once the Gilded Age far more interesting than the story and struggles of the main characters themselves. The plot itself fell a little flat.

This story would have been much better if it had been told in a third fewer pages. In short, this felt like a plot that had nowhere to go and all day to get there. Very few of the characters were fully developed, and by the end I was at the point where I no longer cared about any of them. This was neither The Great Gatsby or The Sopranos, but rather something in the middle that rendered it anemic and easily forgettable.

I have heard that other DeMille novels are fantastic. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.
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I really did enjoy this book- fun and witty- a perfect break from more serious books!
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This book is written from the author's view and sometimes makes you laugh right out loud. Be sure to follow up with THE GATE HOUSE.
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This was the first Nelson DeMille novel that I have ever read. Overall, I would rate my experience as average.

The concept of the novel seemed interesting: modern-day Gold Coast society meets the Mafia. However, I found the history of the Gold Coast, the ruin and abandonment of its palatial homes, and the allusions to the grandeur that was once the Gilded Age far more interesting than the story and struggles of the main characters themselves. The plot itself fell a little flat.

This story would have been much better if it had been told in a third fewer pages. In short, this felt like a plot that had nowhere to go and all day to get there. Very few of the characters were fully developed, and by the end I was at the point where I no longer cared about any of them. This was neither The Great Gatsby or The Sopranos, but rather something in the middle that rendered it anemic and easily forgettable.

I have heard that other DeMille novels are fantastic. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.
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Well, here is where I admit that I messed up and ordered a book I had already read. Oh well, I guess it wasn't that good of read if I couldn't remember a title of a book I had already read. But I do still love DeMille as a writer, still read most everything he has written.
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Not your usual DeMille, but an excellent book. Very different.
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Good bokk for DeMille lovers
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Great writing. Demille keeps the suspense coming with this mafia book>
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A well-to-do lawyer and a Mafia boss become neighbors. The lawyer and his wife are drawn into a web which destroys their social position in the "Gold Coast" community. This is just the beginning of several lives unraveling.
I could not put it down, but in the end felt sad for all.
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The Gold Coast is Nelson DeMille's captivating story of friendship and deduction, love and betrayl. His books are always a good read.
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Interesting reading that captures your attention throughout the book.
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The best Nelson Demille book ever. Very enjoyable read.
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Another Demille masterpiece, wonderful read!
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One of Demille's best!
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A good read.
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This starts off a little slow but then as it picks up it really gets interesting and there are lots of funny parts to it that will have you chuckling out loud while wondering how your main character will ever get out of this one!
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Enjoyed the story and love this author.
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I'd give this a 4 out of 5. Pretty good. I like the way DeMille writes.
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Great story line and inside view of the mafia and Long Island upper crust. A bit drawn out, but good.
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This was the first Nelson DeMille novel that I have ever read. Overall, I would rate my experience as average.

The concept of the novel seemed interesting: modern-day Gold Coast society meets the Mafia. However, I found the history of the Gold Coast, the ruin and abandonment of its palatial homes, and the allusions to the grandeur that was once the Gilded Age far more interesting than the story and struggles of the main characters themselves. The plot itself fell a little flat.

This story would have been much better if it had been told in a third fewer pages. In short, this felt like a plot that had nowhere to go and all day to get there. Very few of the characters were fully developed, and by the end I was at the point where I no longer cared about any of them. This was neither The Great Gatsby or The Sopranos, but rather something in the middle that rendered it anemic and easily forgettable.

I have heard that other DeMille novels are fantastic. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.
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This was the first Nelson DeMille novel that I have ever read. Overall, I would rate my experience as average.

The concept of the novel seemed interesting: modern-day Gold Coast society meets the Mafia. However, I found the history of the Gold Coast, the ruin and abandonment of its palatial homes, and the allusions to the grandeur that was once the Gilded Age far more interesting than the story and struggles of the main characters themselves. The plot itself fell a little flat.

This story would have been much better if it had been told in a third fewer pages. In short, this felt like a plot that had nowhere to go and all day to get there. Very few of the characters were fully developed, and by the end I was at the point where I no longer cared about any of them. This was neither The Great Gatsby or The Sopranos, but rather something in the middle that rendered it anemic and easily forgettable.

I have heard that other DeMille novels are fantastic. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.
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I love this authors sense of humor. A very good story.
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Great story. Demille has a way to make you laugh out loud as you read. The follow up The Gate House might even be better in some ways to be sure to follow up. I love Scott Brick on this audio.
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This was the first Nelson DeMille novel that I have ever read. Overall, I would rate my experience as average.

The concept of the novel seemed interesting: modern-day Gold Coast society meets the Mafia. However, I found the history of the Gold Coast, the ruin and abandonment of its palatial homes, and the allusions to the grandeur that was once the Gilded Age far more interesting than the story and struggles of the main characters themselves. The plot itself fell a little flat.

This story would have been much better if it had been told in a third fewer pages. In short, this felt like a plot that had nowhere to go and all day to get there. Very few of the characters were fully developed, and by the end I was at the point where I no longer cared about any of them. This was neither The Great Gatsby or The Sopranos, but rather something in the middle that rendered it anemic and easily forgettable.

I have heard that other DeMille novels are fantastic. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.
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The Gold Coast is a stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that holds the greatest concentration of wealth and poser in America. The story pits a WASP lawyer agains a Mafia don. A story of evil and seduction.
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Much adventure...Demille is a suspenseful writer...and this is a good one for that.
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A typical Nelson DeMille book...great!
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Very interesting book about Long Island rich.
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Very good storyline. I highly recommend!
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This was the first Nelson DeMille novel that I have ever read. Overall, I would rate my experience as average.

The concept of the novel seemed interesting: modern-day Gold Coast society meets the Mafia. However, I found the history of the Gold Coast, the ruin and abandonment of its palatial homes, and the allusions to the grandeur that was once the Gilded Age far more interesting than the story and struggles of the main characters themselves. The plot itself fell a little flat.

This story would have been much better if it had been told in a third fewer pages. In short, this felt like a plot that had nowhere to go and all day to get there. Very few of the characters were fully developed, and by the end I was at the point where I no longer cared about any of them. This was neither The Great Gatsby or The Sopranos, but rather something in the middle that rendered it anemic and easily forgettable.

I have heard that other DeMille novels are fantastic. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.
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All of the Nelson DeMille books are great. Love the characters, excellent dialogue. Fast action, deeply engrossing.
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A fast paced exciting book with lots of depth and interesting characters.
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Another thriller from Nelson DeMille.
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This was the first Nelson DeMille novel that I have ever read. Overall, I would rate my experience as average.

The concept of the novel seemed interesting: modern-day Gold Coast society meets the Mafia. However, I found the history of the Gold Coast, the ruin and abandonment of its palatial homes, and the allusions to the grandeur that was once the Gilded Age far more interesting than the story and struggles of the main characters themselves. The plot itself fell a little flat.

This story would have been much better if it had been told in a third fewer pages. In short, this felt like a plot that had nowhere to go and all day to get there. Very few of the characters were fully developed, and by the end I was at the point where I no longer cared about any of them. This was neither The Great Gatsby or The Sopranos, but rather something in the middle that rendered it anemic and easily forgettable.

I have heard that other DeMille novels are fantastic. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.
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the North shore of Long Island - the greatest wealth and power in the United States - and their choices of love and life....
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great read
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Condition is good, cover shows normal shelf wear.

I enjoyed this suspense novel very much! Nelson Demille kept me on the edge of my seat with this one.
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Annotation
A masterful fictional study of two vastly different social worlds destined for a violent collision.

From the Publisher
A compelling bestseller set on the elite North Shore of Long Island, where a conventional socialite couple are unwittingly drawn into a shocking world of Mafia violence.

Synopsis
A compelling bestseller set on the elite North Shore of Long Island, where a conventional socialite couple are unwittingly drawn into a shocking world of Mafia violence.

From The Critics
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. -- New York Times
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Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that holds the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, Here two men are propelled to an explosive collsion: John Sutter, ultar-WASP Wall Street Lawyer, holding fast-if ruefully-to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seized his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws John Sutter and his regally beautiful wife in to a shocking world of mystery and violence. Nelson DeMille's most stunning triumph to date.
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THis book has passed through a few if not many hands and while the cover is a bit worn it is still in very readable condition.