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Writing about the crimes of the rich and famous for Vanity Fair with this insider's status, Dominick Dunne has borne witness to the often bizarre personalities who surround high-profile cases and their telling intimacies. Andrea Reynolds, for instance, dressed only in a negligee and jewelry, insists that her jewels are finer than those of the comatose woman in whose apartment she resides and whom her lover, Claus von Bulow, is charged with attempting to murder. The essays in Justice offer a fascinating, disturbing, and wry look at the cast of a half dozen high-profile trials, including Lyle and Erik Menendez, who murdered their affluent parents; Marvin Pancoast, who beat the $18,000-a-month mistress of Alfred Bloomingdale to death with a baseball bat; the multibillionaire banker Edmund Safra, who suffocated in his own bunker-like bathroom in Monaco; and the gossiping members of Los Angeles society during "All O.J., All the Time."
The most moving story by far is the title piece, about the murder of Dunne's daughter, the actress Dominique Dunne, by her ex-boyfriend, who walked away with a pitifully light sentence thanks to the extremes taken by his defense lawyer and the vanity of the judge. While the succeeding stories don't have the same poignancy, Dunne still makes them personal--after all, he knows many of those involved, and justice truly is personal for him. In fact, it is this moral authority that enables him to enter the strange universe of high-society crime and write about it with no pretense of objectivity, but rather with rage toward the short shrift justice is so often given in celebrity cases. The counterpoint to his anger is a delicious irony in the form of fascinating subplots, jet-set gossip, and terrific quotes straight from some of the horses' mouths. Dunne has both a sharp sense of the absurd and a trenchant eye for injustice in any form. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dominick referred to himself as an observant outsider & that description fits his style very well. His observations were fascinating to read; he could capture moments in such a way... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mikie
Dunne knew how to write superbly. The narrative is flawless, even in the parts one can never be certain about.Published 8 months ago by noorilhuda
I just re-read this book after the anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. Dunne lost a child to domestic violence murder, and he recounts the miscarriage... Read morePublished 10 months ago by MelB
I bought this book based on the rave reviews and I was disappointed. The stories jumped all over the place and were hard to follow. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Katie Jansen
When Dominick Dunne was hosting his TV series I really enjoyed him and his stories. I found this book to be ok, however I did not enjoy it as much as the TV series.Published 15 months ago by Frank S
This is a good compact disc to listen to while driving. I will get more of these in the future. The Amazon description was very clear and accurate. Read morePublished 16 months ago by 2563255553