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The Gold Coast Paperback – April 1, 1997
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What happens to a priggish, WASPy, disillusioned Wall Street lawyer when a Mafia crime boss moves into the mansion next door in his posh Long Island neighborhood? He ends up representing the gangster on a murder rap and even perjures himself so the mafiosostet lc can be released on $5 million bail. That's the premise of DeMille's ( The Charm School ) bloated, unpersuasive thriller. Attorney John Sutter has problems that would daunt even Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby. His marriage is crumbling, despite kinky sex games with his self-centered wife, Susan, who's the mistress of his underworld client Frank Bellarosa. The IRS is after Sutter, and his law firm wants to dump him. As a sardonic morality tale of one man's self-willed disintegration, the impact is flattened by its elitist narrator's patrician tones. A comic courtroom scene and some punches at the end, however, redeem the novel somewhat. BOMC main selection; film rights to Guber/Peters-Columbia.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
"WHAT MAKES THE GOLD COAST GLITTER IS NELSON DEMILLE'S SHARP EVOCATION OF... BELLAROSA AND OF SUTTER, A WONDERFULLY SARDONIC, SELF-MOCKING MAN....IN HIS WAY, MR. DEMILLE IS AS KEEN A SOCIAL SATIRIST AS EDITH WHARTON".
-- New York Times Book Review