Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- The Winners (1982)
- The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1985)
- People Like Us (1988)
- An Inconvenient Woman (1990)
- A Season in Purgatory (1993)
- Another City, Not My Own (1997)
- Too Much Money (2009)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Mansions of Limbo (1991)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Fatal Charms and Other Tales of Today (1987)
- The Way We Lived Then: The Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper (1999)
- Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments (2001)
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Dominick Dunne Books Overview
When Navy ensign Billy Grenville, heir to a vast New York fortune, sees showgirl Ann Arden on the dance floor, it is love at first sight. And much to the horror of Alice Grenville, the indomitable family matriarch, he marries her. Ann wants desperately to be accepted by high society and to become the well bred woman of her fantasies. But a gunshot one rainy night propels Ann into a notorious spotlight as The Two Mrs. Grenvilles enter into a conspiracy of silence that will bind them together for as long as they live.
Before they had Too Much Money, the inhabitants of Dominick Dunne’s glitzy, gossipy New York Times bestselling novels were People Like Us. The way journalist Gus Bailey tells it, old money is always preferred, but occasionally new money sneaks in even where it is most unwelcome. After moving from Cincinnati, Elias and Ruby Renthal strike it even richer in New York, turning their millions into billions. It would be impolite for high society to refuse them now. Not to mention disadvantageous. As long as the market is strong, there s absolutely nothing to worry about except for those nasty secrets from the past. Scandal, anyone?
Jules Mendelson is wealthy. Astronomically so. He and his wife lead the kind of charity giving, art filled, high society life for which each has been carefully groomed. Until Jules falls in love with Flo March, a beautiful actress/waitress. What Flo discovers about the superrich is not a pretty sight. And in the end, she wants no more than what she was promised. But when Flo begins to share the true story of her life among the Mendelsons, not everyone is in a listening mood. And some cold shoulders have very sharp edges…
. From the Paperback edition.
They were the family with everything. Money. Influence. Glamour. Power. The power to halt a police investigation in its tracks. The power to spin a story, concoct a lie, and believe it was the truth. The power to murder without guilt, without shame, and without ever paying the price. America’s royalty, they called the Bradleys. But an outsider refuses to play his part. And now, the day of reckoning has arrived…
. From the Paperback edition.
Make it easy on yourself, read Another City, Not My Own in Large Print About Random House Large PrintAll Large Print titles are published in a 16 point typeface. This is the story of the Trial of the Century as only Dominick Dunne can write it. Told from the point of view of one of Dunne’s most familiar fictional characters Gus Bailey Another City, Not My Own tells how Gus, the movers and shakers of Los Angeles, and the city itself are drawn into the vortex of the O.J. Simpson trial. We have met Gus Bailey in previous novels by Dominick Dunne. He is a writer and journalist, father of a murdered child, and chronicler of justice served or denied as it relates to the rich and famous. Now back in Los Angeles, a city that once adored him and later shunned him, Gus is caught up in what soon becomes a national obsession. Using real names and places, Dunne interweaves the story of the trial with the personal trials Gus endures as he faces his own mortality. By day, Gus is at the courthouse, the confidant of the Goldman and Simpson families, the lawyers, the journalists, the hangers on, even the judge; at night he is the honored guest at the most dazzling gatherings in town as everyone from Kirk Douglas to Heidi Fleiss, from Elizabeth Taylor to Nancy Reagan delights in the latest news from the corridors of the courthouse. Another City, Not My Own does what no other book on this sensational case has been able to do because of Dominick Dunne’s unique ability to probe the sensibilities of participants and observers. This book illuminates the meaning of guilt and innocence in America today. A vivid, revealing achievement, Another City, Not My Own is Dominick Dunne at his best.
My name is Gus Bailey It should be pointed out that it is a regular feature of my life that people whisper things in my ear, very private things, about themselves or others. I have always understood the art of listening.
The last two years have been monstrously unpleasant for high society journalist Gus Bailey. His propensity for gossip has finally gotten him into trouble $11 million dollars worth. His problems begin when he falls hook, line, and sinker for a fake story from an unreliable source and repeats it on a radio program. As a result of his flip comments, Gus becomes embroiled in a nasty slander suit brought by Kyle Cramden, the powerful congressman he accuses of murder, and he fears it could mean the end of him.
The stress of the lawsuit makes it difficult for Gus to focus on the novel he has been contracted to write, which is based on the suspicious death of billionaire Konstantin Zacharias. It is a story that has dominated the party conversations of Manhattan’s chattering clas*ses for more than two years. The accused murderer is behind bars, but Gus is not convinced that justice was served. There are too many unanswered questions, such as why a paranoid man who did not go anywhere without bodyguards was suddenly left without protection the very night he perished in a tragic fire. Gus believes the answers lie with Konstantin s hot tempered and vengeful wife, Perla. He intends to uncover the truth, even though doing so will gain him another dangerous enemy.
In true Dominick Dunne fashion, Too Much Money is peppered with thinly veiled fictions, keeping readers guessing about the real world villains and intrigues that lie beneath its chapters. Dunne revives the world he first introduced in his mega bestselling novel People Like Us, and he brings readers up to date on favorite characters such as Ruby and Elias Renthal, Lil Altemus, and, of course, the beloved Gus Bailey. Once again, he invites us to pull up a seat at the most important tables at Swifty s, get past the doormen at esteemed social clubs like The Butterfield, and venture into the innermost chambers of the Upper East Side s most sumptuous mansions.
Too Much Money is a satisfying, mischievous, and compulsively readable tale by the most brilliant society chronicler of our time the man who knows all the secrets and isn t afraid to share them.
A collection of fifteen provocative portraits of some of the most luminous figures of the decade profiles Jane Wyman, singing sister Phyllis McGuire, and others.
Dominick Dunne has met them all stars and slugs, criminals and victims, the innocent and the hideously guilty and now his two provocative collections of Vanity Fair portraits are in one irresistible volume. From posh Park Avenue duplexes to the extravagant mansions of Beverly Hills, from tasteful London town houses to the wild excesses of million dollar European retreats, here are the movers and shakers and the people who pretend to be.
Mesmerizing, revelatory text combines with more than two hundred photographs most of them taken by the author in a startling illustrated memoir that will both astonish and move you. When Dominick Dunne lived and worked in Hollywood, he had it all: a beautiful family, a glamorous career, and the friendship of the talented and powerful. He also had a camera and loved to take pictures. These photographs, which Dunne carefully preserved in more than a dozen leatherbound scrapbooks along with invitations, telegrams, personal notes, and other memorabilia record the parties, the glittering receptions, the society weddings, and scenes from the everyday lives of the Dunnes and those they knew, including Jane Fonda, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Roddy McDowall, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Brooke Hayward, Jennifer Jones, and David Selznick. You’ll meet them all in this fascinating book captured in snapshots as these celebrities relax at poolside barbecues, gossip at cozy get togethers and dance at the Dunnes’ dazzling black and white ball. And you will meet Dominick Dunne’s beautiful wife, Lenny, and his children, Griffin, Alex, and Dominique, as they celebrate Christmases, birthdays, and graduations. But, most of all, you will meet Dominick Dunne and learn about the peaks and valleys of his years in Hollywood, the disastrous turn his life took, and the long road back that led to his triumphant career as a writer. With its engaging photographs and candid text, The Way We Lived Then is a riveting and unvarnished account of a life among the stars and a life almost lost.
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 B low’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.