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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345430530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345430533
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Entertaining."--The Houston  Post.

"Irresistible."--The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Unforgettable."--Boston Sunday  Herald.  

"Juicy."--The Dallas Morning News.

"His best novel."--The New York Times  Book Review. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Sophisticated."--The Washington Post Book World.

"Entertaining."--The Houston Post.

"Irresistible."--The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Unforgettable."--Boston Sunday Herald.

"Juicy."--The Dallas Morning News.

"His best novel."--The New York Times Book Review. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I saw the movie and I thought it was good, reading the book was even better!
joeysgirl
Mr. Dunne's descriptions are vivid, his wit is fabulous, and his writing style is unsurpassed among most American novelists.
Tony G. Vasquez
His books keep you turning the pages and the biggest disappointment is when the book ends.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An Inconvenient Woman became one of my favorite books as soon as I read the description of the characters attending an upscale LA funeral. The author, one of my favorites, knows these people back to front and he writes of them with insight as well as scorn. Complications in the lives of the rich and powerful have never been so keenly described but Dunne manages to make each character complete. He can write compassionately as well as comically of villains and whores and princes. The character upon whom the moral voice is attached, Phillip, is mult-dimensional and always truthful. The story reminds me of what I liked most about old Columbo episodes. Apart from that, the story holds the reader at a good pace. You definitely want to follow all of these characters, who are real enough that we can smell their Bev Hills scents and see their tucked chins. I am always impressed with D. Dunne, who has such such a gentle way with his down-and-outers. I hate to see overdrawn characters and Dunne never does this. He takes the reader between the gutters and the mansions of LA with finesse, never allowing one or the other to take the stage too long. I will read anything he writes and I hope he never stops because he is a sure voice for our times.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2000
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Dominck Dunne's captivating tale of a wealthy man and his mistress is loosely based on the story of Vicky Morgan and Alfred Bloomingdale. Whether you followed that story or not, you will find this book hard to put down.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2001
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This has to be one of Mr. Dunne's best books. Having read all of his books, I think this is the best. It has many fascinating characters and true to his style, he definitely knows how to keep his readers interested. If you love Mr. Dunne, you will love this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1997
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This was my first book by Dominick Dunne, so I didn't know what to expect when I ordered it from Amazon. I was totally thrilled with my choice! Once I started reading I didn't want to stop. (The dishes waited, so did eating).

I don't consider myself a literary expert, just a go to work, come home type of person, so I don't like books that take 10 years of english classes to understand. This one hits the mark. The book was easy to follow, not so many characters that you loose track of the scene or have to back track to remember who one was.

The story is about a very wealthy man, his wife, his mistress, and a murder. Sounds common, but each chapter leaves you wanting to start the next immediately. Dunne added excitement where I thought it needed it without alot of bad language and detailed sex sceens.

This book has it all - love & romance, mystery, happiness, saddness, etc. READ IT
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on July 11, 2006
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It says this is a novel ~~ but reading the others' reviews, they say it's loosely based on a real story ~~ and to be honest, I really don't care if it's loosely based on anything because I didn't pick this book up to read up on the rich and famous. I picked this book up because I was bored and it needed to go back to a friend of mine. And I was not able to put the book down. Fortunately, it has been raining nonstop the last two days, so I was able to read it all.

This is my first Dominick Dunne book and it really surprised me on how good it was. It was very well-written and very engrossing. It is steamy but it could have been worse. It shows a little bit of the world that the Mendelsens live in as well as the writer, Philip, lived in and the lifestyle of the rich & famous in LA and how they chose not to intermingle with Hollywood celebrities.

This book focuses on Flo March, a young woman who was Jules Mendelsen's mistress. It showed the exchanges between those two, his wife, Pauline, his lawyer, and their circle of upper-crust society. It begins with a lavish party that the young writer, Philip, was invited to. After the party, Pauline's best friend, Hector, was found murdered. Jules hushed it up and that aroused Philip's suspicions on why it was covered-up, letting the real murderer go. And it all spirals downhill from then on for the Mendelsens, and Flo, who was caught up in the middle of it.

It was well-written, intriguing and definitely engrossing. I couldn't stop turning the pages in order to find out who did what. The lavish descriptions of the houses, jewelry and the lifestyles, were interesting as well. I will have to admit to being a little bit dumbfounded though at the thought of why the rich and famous always need to have more than what they have. It seems like they're cursed.

It was definitely a perfect rainy day reading material ~~ and surprisingly so.

7-11-06
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M B on February 13, 1999
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This is one of several Dominick Dunne books that I have read, and definitely one if his best. The characters are so vividly written that you feel you are voyeur in the lives of these rich and fancy people.Dominick Dunne writes with such flow that you really hate when you come to the end of the book. Definitely a must read for Dominick Dunne fans like me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Spell VINE VOICE on August 11, 2001
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I read this book years ago when I was spending time in LA. This is a great book. The author does a great job of character development and he invents a wide variety of characters to paint. Of course all these characters could happen in the adult fantasy land of LA. You have the kept woman, the prim and proper WASP wife, the actor who will do homosexual favors, as well as an assortment of scum Hollywood players. With a wide blend of characters, Dunne proceeds to create chaos at every turn while challenging each character's view of the different classes of people generated.
Read this if you like stories of wealthy people, Hollywood, or murder mysteries. It's a classic.
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Dominick Dunne (1925-2009) was the author of five bestselling novels, two collections of essays, and "The Way We Lived Then," a memoir with photographs. His final novel, "Too Much Money," will be published in December 2009. He was a Special Correspondent for "Vanity Fair" and lived in New York City and Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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