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 ...Show synopsisThe 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.Hide synopsis
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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.
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