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Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments Paperback – May 14, 2002
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This book reads like the ultimate murder mystery short-story collection. All the more disturbing because they actually happened. Dunne has a compelling style that drew me in and urged me to read on, and on, and on.
My only complaint -maybe "suggestion" is a better word since the book was so good- is that he should have included a timeline and synopsis of each case. The stories make sense only if you really followed the case.
I think everyone would not have a problem with the OJ chapters, but I got lost on some of the other cases while reading his stories. He should have put the dates his stories appeared, so the reader can see where in the timeline of events the story fits.
Other than that, I thought it was a great book. Dominick Dunne is eminently interesting, and I love the way he writes. He would be a great dinner guest!
Dunne has brought a new perspective to the art of crime reporting. In tackling so-called "celebrity" cases Dunne uses his own peerage to inveigle his way behind the facade of wealth and power to highlight and expose how very different and yet comfortingly similar the response to such cases can be in those communities - so far removed from the hoi polloi
. As he admits in the book Dunne has been accused of trying to be the next Truman Capote. Certainly there are some parallels - Dunne is a shameless name-dropper - but these articles can hardly be equated to In Cold Blood. Capote was a amorphous socialite with an interest in how crime affected "Mr and Mrs America". Dunne on the other hand writes from a more compelling perspective; after the murder of his daughter and his subsequent exposure to the criminal justice system he became entranced by its operation. In light of his background, he focused on cases which represented his milieu; American High Society.
Dunne focuses on a subject that amalgamates two driving preoccupations of the public; a fascination with wealth and a fascination with crime. Combined, the two prove an irresistible draw upon the public psyche. If left at that, Dunne's work would be no more than a rich man's Hard Copy, but Dunne has also resurrected the idea of reportage; journalism which reflects the voice of it's author.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is full of many short stories that are pleasure to read! Like his novels it is hard to put the book down once you start reading.Published 17 days ago by JayefromJersey
I liked this book a lot. I like Dominick Dunne's writing style.Published 1 month ago by Judy Hoffman
I have read all of Dominick Dunne's books. Great writer, gets you hooked on the first page. Also had the opportunity to meet him in person at his home in Hadlyme... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tina M Campbell
Dunne is a wonderful writer and this is a perfect collection of the many cases he covered and brought to life.Published 9 months ago by Kellie
I bought this for my dear Aunt,who suffers from macular degeneration, which has left her unable to read. She Loved it! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nancy
The Late Great Dominick Dunne was a Master....putting words together to make a story. He will continue to be ADOREDPublished 12 months ago by megan owen