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When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, ten years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant. Taking up temporary residence in the gatehouse of Stanhope Hall, John finds himself living only a quarter of a mile from Susan who has also returned to Long Island. But Susan isn't the only person from John's past who has reemerged: Though Frank Bellarosa, infamous Mafia don and Susan's ex-lover, is long dead, his son, Anthony, is alive and well, and intent on two missions: Drawing John back into the violent world of the Bellarosa family, and exacting revenge on his father's murderer--Susan Sutter. At the same time, John and Susan's mutual attraction resurfaces and old passions begin to reignite, and John finds himself pulled deeper into a familiar web of seduction and betrayal.
In THE GATE HOUSE, acclaimed author Nelson Demille brings us back to that fabled spot on the North Shore -- a place where past, present, and future collides with often unexpected results.
Fans of bestseller DeMille will welcome this sequel to The Gold Coast (1990), in which Susan Sutter, then the wife of tax attorney John Sutter, had a torrid affair with Frank Bellarosa, a powerful Mafia boss and the Sutters' neighbor on Long Island's tony Gold Coast, with fatal results for Bellarosa. After divorcing Susan, John sailed the world for three years, then built himself a new life in London. Now John has returned to the small gatehouse that was once part of his ex-wife's family estate, only to find Bellarosa's thuggish son, Anthony, living next door. In another coincidence, Susan has just reacquired the six-bedroom guest cottage where she and John lived as a married couple on her family's former property. Susan and John soon begin to explore an improbable reconciliation, even as they suspect she may be in Anthony's gun sights. The plot more than takes its time getting to its violent and predictable resolution, but DeMille devotees should have plenty of fun along the way.
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A great read-- classic de Mille
Don't try to read this novel with your mouth full; you'll choke with explosive laughter. At his best, de Mille has gifts of a great novelist, in the tradition of Trollope. His ability to evoke character and setting are flawlessly surefooted; I come away with new understanding of a male mind. The narrative voice does not falter, and even when the plot is too drawn out the writing is evocative and compelling. Read The Gold Coast first, but do read this sequel.
This was the most boring, plot-deficient, long-winded, redundant and tedious book I have ever read (actually after turning page after page w/o reading them, finally gave up after 500+ pages and said the heck with it.) An amateurish book that was like an audition for an assistant writer of a day time soap opera. Please don't waste your time on this book.
A Bit Lengthy
Mr. DeMille could have written this book with half the pages. While charming at first, John's sarcasm and repetition about his feelings for his in-laws and his mother became grating after awhile.