2010: 84. Justice

“I didn’t start writing until I was fifty years old although an observer’s eye had been observing for forty of those fifty years, while trying out different areas of occupation.”

Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments, Dominick Dunne

          This is a collection of Dunne’s crime writing pieces, all focused on crime in high places.  It covers all his big cases - the Menendez brothers, Claus von Bulow, Martha Coxley, OJ Simpson (lots of OJ Simpson).  They are all very interesting and salacious, especially because Dunne makes no pretense to journalistic integrity, but rather takes strong opinions on all issues (namely, that the suspects are guilty).  They are fun to read - but they have a little more oomph than most true crime - because he’s a decent writer, and because his writing also emphasizes the need to remember and give justice to the victims.  And that, of course, is because his own daughter was murdered.  The piece he wrote about her death, the first piece in the book, is alone worth getting the book for (though is heartbreaking).  Even if you think Dunne is a jerk, or a snob, or what have you, you can’t deny the power of the writing he’s done about his daughter’s murder, or the work he’s done for victims and their families. And if you like seeing the rich and famous taken down a peg, you can’t help but enjoy reading his pieces (especially if you think OJ did it). 

Categories:  Non-Fiction, Re-Read

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