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The writing style of this author is really good and this book was hard to put down. There is a lot of Hollywood inside information provided (e.g., who knew that Nancy (Davis) Reagan was known in Hollywood for a unique talent she had to make men happy). This book dishes on lots of people but mostly, of course, on Nick (as Dominick was called by his friends).
There were a couple of things that I didn't like: 1) the author's continuous writing about Dominick's homosexuality - OK, I get it, he was gay; and 2) wrong facts (example: author states that Dominick visited the same health clinic in Germany where Farah Fawcet died....really? If I recall, she died in Los Angeles and NOT in Germany. Makes me wonder if the author got other "facts" incorrect but since I'm not privy to all these Hollywood people and their private lives, as a reader, I have to assume that all other things in the book are true.
If you liked Dominick Dunne as an author and columnist; if you like reading the scoop about Hollywood and other celebrities - people both still living and those who have died, then this book is for you.
Hofler's book is a breezy and deliciously dishy book about Dunne and the people he either loved or hated. There were many in both groups. Dunne' life had both tragedy and great success, after a period of down-and-out drug and alcohol abuse. His beloved daughter Dominique, an actress, was murdered by her boyfriend and the man received a light sentence. That began Dominick's life-long interest - I don't want to call it an "obsession - in criminal justice, or "injustice", as is often the case. He became a writer - and quite successful, at that - after years on a downward progression. He covered many trials, all of famous people - he once told a fellow author he didn't cover the trials of non important people. His books were mostly fiction; he wrote nonfiction for "Vanity Fair".
Dominick Dunne lived into his 80s. He left a strong record of work. Robert Hofler's book is a nuanced look at a very interesting man, often at odds with himself. And it really is "dishy"!
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I'm a big crime buff and was a huge fan of Dominick Dunne's writing in Vanity Fair, from waaaay back from his first story on his daughter's murder trial...Read more
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