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Crimes, Trials, and Punishments

Dominick Dunne
Crown Publishing Group
352 pages
June 2001
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Dominick Dunne is the king of all tabloid media. How did he get that title, you may ask? The answer: Dumb luck.

Curled Up With a Good BookYou see, Dunne was a washed up actor who was getting the boot from his agent one day when he met up with a Washington Post reporter who recognized the family resemblance in his face. The guy was looking for news on an alleged act that had been committed by the head of Columbia Studios against an Academy Award winning actor. Dunne just happened to know a lot of the particulars and was keenly interested in telling everyone he knew about it. Well, one thing led to another, and the next thing you know Dunne is bumping into everyone who’s anyone and getting all the lowdown on whatever hyped-up media trial was going on at that moment. And that’s how he became the king of all tabloid media, dumb luck.

Dunne has seen and reported on many, if not all, of modern day’s sensationalized trials (he may have missed a few due to age or not being born). For those people out there who are fans of celebrity trials or of legal drama in general (The Practice, Law & Order) this is a good book to read. The trial portions are summarized and fleshed out in all of the right spots (the gossipy ones, of course), so you won't have to read through pages of boring transcript or suffer the horrors of having to hear the same things repeated again and again.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of the legal arena and have an insatiable appetite for all things habeas corpus. For those readers out there who like to read about tabloid trials or legal things -- period -- this is the book for you.

© 2001 by Kim Lightfoot for Curled Up With a Good Book

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