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I have always been fond of Dominick Dunne's work. His fiction, based on true crimes and scandals of the rich, is fascinating. His non-fiction is equally engaging. When he's tapped for Larry King and other shows, I always tune in.
Justice is a collection of articles Dunne wrote for Vanity Fair. He has covered high-profile trials for many years. He frequently travels in the same social circles as the defendants. Instead of being shunned by the privileged masses, he is often the person in whom others confide. The result is writing which reveals the secret lives and scandals in which the rich find themselves.
Dunne offers a brief introduction in this book before revealing the personal pain of his own daughter's murder in the first article. "Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of His Daughter's Killer," details the unfortunate travesty and explains why the murderer is free today. Dominique Dunne was a rising star whose biggest role was the eldest daughter in Poltergeist. Her life was cut short by an abusive boyfriend.
Several of the articles in Justice span the O.J. Simpson trial. Dunne was an outspoken media member who was present in the courtroom on a daily basis. In "All O.J., All the Time," the author confesses "I start thinking about O.J. before six o'clock every morning, when room service brings me my o.j. and coffee." I agree with Dunne's observations and conclusions, but I've reached my saturation point with the O.J. circus. These are fascinating pieces of writing, regardless of my feelings.
Some of the scandals covered were also subjects in Dunne's fiction. Justice features the true story on which An Inconvenient Woman was based. There is also an intriguing piece regarding the Moxley-Skakel trial and the authors own involvement in getting the case reopened after twenty-five years.
Dominic Dunne is a bit of a snob, yet he makes no bones about it. He is an excellent writer and a master storyteller. As long as the rich get into trouble, the author will always have material on which draw. Justice is a collection of Dunne's talents and an examination of the dark side of power and privilege.