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, the stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth ...Read MoreWhen 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, the 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.Read Less
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I received this as an audio CD. I would not want anyone to listen to the foul language and trashy script in my presence. It is most embarassing.
Feb 2, 2009
The best in novel writing
The Gate House is one of those books that I just couldn't put down--I was reading it during the Super Bowl. It's well plotted, flows smoothly, and the characters jump out at you to the point that you can construct what they look like in your head.
DeMille uses a minimum of words, yet gets maximum mileage from them. His brief but full descriptions of a place and a time that doesn't exist anymore makes you believe you are there. His characters are multi-faceted: good, bad, and a mix of the two. Just the way real people are. There are several story lines (as in most good novels) that weave in and out of the main story to great effect. The final resolutions will both amaze and delight you.
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