Gold Coast Paperback – 3 Oct 2007
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"with the customary jaw-dropping plot developments... [this] is Leonard with all guns firing" -- GOOD BOOK GUIDE
A gripping mob thriller from the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of BE COOL and GET SHORTY.See all Product Description
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Gold Coast concerns the wife of a semi-retired mobster Fran DiCilia. Following his death she finds she is a very wealthy woman, but only if she still remains faithful to him. Then local hoodlum Roland and ex-Detroit armed robber and con-man Maguire show up.
It’s a simple yarn that keeps you turning the page to see how these unconventional lives play out. There’s great dialogue as always, and twists and turns all the way. But will she stick with the $4mill inheritance? Or ditch it and make off with Maguire?
The current one deals with a newly widowed woman in Florida, who also happened to be a mafia wife. In spite of her husbands demise, he seems to still be pulling strings controlling her life from the grave, something she is less than enthusiastic about.
On top of that, her fame, money and the less than offensive looks guarantee a good number of lowlifes suddenly eager to ascend on the gravy train she could potentially provide.
The book does not lack the signature Detroit chapters (Swag being a more typical example of his work set entirely in Detroit) but does a good job of basing the majority of the action in a fairly believable Florida of 1980.
Like in his other works I found the characters very well drawn - not excessively analysed but with enough detail to add some depth and credibility to them.
It is a great book to read in one sitting, either on holiday or on a day off, but will also provide easy relaxation during a commute or on a plane.
If you want a world of crime from the 60s and 70s US pageturner, it is hard to go wrong with the author, or the book.
The story is sometimes a little complicated, but fits together really quite neatly. I must admit to forgetting how Roland came into the story but he was there right to the end. Not the ending that many of us would have expected but still satisfying none the less.
Leonard again shows he is talented, writing a tale that is quite simplistic but extremely readable - if a little slower at first than normal!
Enters Cal Maguire, a former con man from Detroit. Will he be able to arrange the ways and means, the scam that will give Karen more freedom and full access to her inheritance? Of course, if he fails, both of them will get killed for sure. Woman readers especially should read this book and decide who they identify most with, and what they would do in Karen's shoes: settle for financial security, but alone, or take a gamble?
Many of EL's books have been turned into Hollywood movies. He is a brilliant plotter and a superior writer of dialogue. "Gold Coast" became a movie with David Caruso (CSI)as the con man from Detroit. Finally, only part of ELs books are situated in Detroit or Florida. "Mr. Majestyk" takes place in Arizona, and many of his later books do so in other states, or outside the US, in full or in part, in Rwanda, Puerto Rico, Djibouti... The Djibouti novel will be released in August 2010. This book is vintage EL enjoyment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Elmore Leonard is a top notch thriller writer and very atmospheric. Great fun read for an aeroplane journey.Published 13 months ago by aurora
It has a strong start but loses focus and meanders along-This could have been a lot shorter but instead it goes on for way too longPublished 16 months ago by ilickalotapus
Leonard is my favourite writer. Gold Coast is his usual high standard.Published 18 months ago by Brian Davis