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Raymond Chandler meets Truman Capote in the incisive, gripping writing style of Dominick Dunne. In Justice -- based on the stories published in Vanity Fair on crimes, trials, and punishments -- Dunne proves himself a master of the reportorial genre. But these stories, connected to some of society's wealthiest names and families, become more than just great reads. Dunne's work reveals, explores, -- and, sometimes, excoriates -- the world of jet-setters, country clubs, and courts themselves. They aren't lurid tales of those who see themselves as beyond the law so much as glimpses at the underbelly of the American Dream.
Two of the stories are a virtual tour de force. First, there is the opening essay, which expresses the horror of the murder of Dunne's daughter and the trial of her killer. Dunne is witness to it all and is transformed by the gross miscarriage of justice. His haunted account gives us insight into the writer's drive and interest in these kinds of crimes;in his re-telling, they become chilling moral tales. The second extraordinary piece in the book, written with all the earmarks of film noir in style and content, is on the 1943 murder of socialite Patricia Burton by gold digger Wayne Lonergan. Dunne's writing in these two essays -- and throughout the book -- shows all the cinematic acumen of the screenwriter he once was.
Almost impossible to put down, Justice is much more than just a compelling read. It is classic, hard-boiled American writing; stories drawn from reality that, in their retelling, transcend any hint of exploitation. Justice is a look at America, through a glass darkly. (Elena Simon)
Elena Simon lives in New York City.