For more than two decades, Vanity Fair has published Dominick Dunne's brilliant, revelatory chronicles of the most famous crimes, trials, and punishments of our time. The pursuit of justice has become his passion -- a passion that began during the trial of the man who murdered Dunne's daughter and who was sentenced to six and a half years and released in less than three. Dunne's account of that trial and its shocking result became the first of his many classic essays on justice.
Dominick Dunne's essays do much more than simply describe; his investigations have shed new light on those crimes and their perpetrators -- and demonstrated how it is possible for some to skirt, even flout, the law. His persistence and personal involvement in the matter of Martha Moxley's murder was an important catalyst in bringing a dormant case back to life.
Here in one volume are Dominick Dunne's mesmerizing tales of justice denied and justice affirmed. Whether writing of Vicki Morgan's hideous death; Claus von Bülow's romp through two trials; the media frenzy of Los Angeles in the age of O.J. Simpson; the death by fire of multibillionaire banker Edmund Safra in Monaco; or the ominous silence surrounding the death of Martha Moxley in Greenwich, Connecticut, and the indictment -- decades later -- of Michael Skakel, Dominick Dunne tells it honestly and tells it from his unique perspective. His search for the truth is relentless. His courage and his storytelling skills shine from every page.
Library Journal - Mary Jane Brustman
While Dunne does include many facts on the cases, the accounts are filled with opinion, innuendo, name-dropping, and irrelevant society gossip. Much of the information is either not attributed or attributed to confidential sources. [This] will be engaging reading for those who enjoy tantalizing stories of murder, mayhem, and celebrities, public libraries may want to purchase.
[The] author is scrupulously honest in his reporting, and thorough. He also moves at a good clip, pulling readers along as though a hand had clasped their sleeve, pointing out inconsistencies in testimony and the willful corruption of the truth by shady lawyers..... Are the scales of justice at work here? Hardly. But Dunne's courtroom tales are a lot more lucid than most judge's instructions to their juries.
[Dunne] is not a spectacular writer. He is, however, a master storyteller, particularly in his ability to place telling details.
Booklist - Vanessa Bush
Fascinating stuff, though less than complimentary about the American system of justice.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
At times, I couldn't put this book down, even though Mr. Dunne seems to ramble sometimes and repeat himself.
As horrifying as the murders ALL are, the fact that justice was ignored somehow makes them even worse.
Rated of 5
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this book had a lot intrresting stories that really amazed me, since i'm in the major of criminal justice. I liked this book and i hope that more people would read a book like this. It really teaches a life lessons
A sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.
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