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Thank the Lord for paperbacks as Gold Coast is quite a large book at 637 pages and it is quite heavy to read in bed!! John Sutter is a lawyer living in the guest house on his wife's family estate on Long Island. It is all rather posh and all their friends are members of the same clubs and have the same interests, sailing riding etc. Calamity of all calamities, an 'unsavoury' purchases and moves into the mansion on the adjoining property. The new neighbour is Frank "The Bishop" Bellarosa from Brooklyn. Not only is he not "of the right class" but he is head of a New York mafia family - not the sort of thing you want tainting your neighbourhood is it!! The first quarter of the book deals with getting to know John, who is telling the story, and his way of life. It explains to people who are not exactly "to the manor born" what life is all about for those that are - the endless horseriding and lunch parties, the not having to work to feed yourself, the calling cards and the gatekeepers! Who knew life could be so difficult when you are rich!! You are given a clear picture of what John's relationship with his wife was like before the new neighbours. I grew to really like John but for some reason I hated his wife - she was just so out of touch with reality, the reality that you and I know that is!! Once Frank moves in you discover that although he is a mafia don, he is a pretty cool guy, a breath of fresh air for John who has to put up with everyone being stuffy and looking down their noses. John's wife finds Frank interesting, and John himself likes his sense of humour - they all become quite good friends - much to the annoyance of the entire membership at the country club! It is at this point that John's life takes a bit of a turn for the worst......... The book makes out the mafia as being quite good guys really, okay so they would kill you if you were on the wrong side of
them but they would not kill you for being an innocent bystander. I took quite a liking to Frank myself and I must admit that I wouldn't mind him for a neighbour! I don't know if the author knows someone in the mafia or has just watched all the usual gangster movies a lot but the descriptions and actions are pretty much what you would expect them to be in your own mind (I get my ideas from TV having never actually met any mafia dons!!). The whole story is written by John looking back on how his life changed....... how the mafia sucked his life out of him without him even realising it. I have read a few of Nelson DeMille's books now and all are written with such an comedic friendliness that although they are really long they are actually quite quick to read. This one in particular didn't take a lot of concentration, even although it was quite an involved story with a number of characters to remember. Gold Coast Nelson DeMille ISBN 0-7515-3121-9 637 pages - paperback Warner Books £6.99 - but I got a great deal through The Book People, 3 of Nelson DeMille's books for a mere £3!!! :0)
DAILY MAIL'The socalled 'Gold Coast' will never be the same again'