Too Much Money by Dominick Dunne

June 28, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): 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 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 classes 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.

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If you’re wondering why I don’t have my standard list of Likes and Dislikes for this book, it’s because I couldn’t finish it. The summary above sounds rather interesting, doesn’t it? That’s what convinced me to check out the book from my library in the first place. But the actual story was extremely slow and plodding, and even after finishing 40 percent of it, I couldn’t figure out what the damn plot was about. It seemed to be little more than a catalog of rich people and their fancy apartments and toys. Seriously, the author sprinkled so many brand names throughout the pages that I’m convinced he received product placement fees for his efforts.

Anyway, after checking some other reviews, I learned that Dominick Dunne has written some other books about this same high society set, and those previous novels were rather well received. Doesn’t matter; this one was such an utter waste of time that I’m inclined to forget about this author altogether.

Rating:

As with all books that were too boring for me to finish, I give this one 0 stars out of 5.

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