The upmarket and salubrious area of Long Island is the stamping ground for a dying breed of America's super-rich. It is also the residence of John Sutter, lawyer - very top-drawer, old money, right clubs - and his sensual wife, Susan. Their lives are about to be turned dramatically upside down by their new 'next-door' neighbour - a certain Mr ...
The upmarket and salubrious area of Long Island is the stamping ground for a dying breed of America's super-rich. It is also the residence of John Sutter, lawyer - very top-drawer, old money, right clubs - and his sensual wife, Susan. Their lives are about to be turned dramatically upside down by their new 'next-door' neighbour - a certain Mr Frank Bellarosa, top Mafia don and master manipulator. It is he who will impress upon them a rule much older than the archaic etiquette of the old-money set: a favour accepted is a favour owed. A modern classic, this stylish, compelling and provocative novel will grip you, shake you, challenge you; but above all it will enthrall you.
Excellent! Kept you spellbound as you turned page after page.
Dec 1, 2008
Excellent but not for all
A classic with a recently issued sequel, I would recommend it with a caution. It is satire; it is witty, extremely well constructed, but macabre and potentially depressing. It takes off the well born and old monied, the mafia, and even the clergy who "minister" to the well-heeled. You are dealing with the underbelly of the human condition, as Susan's irresponsible choices rip through the lives of the people who love her, and John's capitulation to a dark moral world twists back to tear his life apart. The book cries out for its sequel, so be prepared, if you finish it, to continue on to The Gate House.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-03-02 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. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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