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Nothing Lost (Vintage Contemporaries)by John Gregory Dunne
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A grisly racial murder in what news commentators insist on calling “the heartland.” A feeding frenzy of mass media and seamy politics. An illicit love affair with the potential to wreck lives. In his grandly inventive last novel, John Gregory Dunne orchestrated these elements into a symphony of American violence, chicanery, and sadness.In the aftermath of Edgar Parlances killing, the small prairie town of Regent becomes a destination for everyone from a sociopathic teenaged supermodel to an enigmatic attorney with secret familial links to the worlds of Hollywood and organized crime. Out of their manifold convergences, their jockeying for power, publicity or love, Nothing Lost creates a drama of magnificent scope and acidity.
The final novel by Dunne, who died in December 2003, focuses on the trial of Duane Lajoie for the supposedly racially motivated torture and murder of a black man. Media circuses and career posturings make the matter more complicated by the hour.
About the Author
John Gregory Dunne wrote five other novels-Vegas; True Confessions; Dutch Shea, Jr.; The Red White and Blue; and Playland-and seven works of nonfiction , among which are the memoir-like Harp and two books that look at Hollywood, The Studio and Monster. Born in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1932, he graduated from Princeton in 1954. He collaborated with his wife, the writer Joan Didion, on many screenplays, including Panic in Needle Park and True Confessions. John Gregory Dunne died in December 2003.
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