Too Much Money

Too Much Money

Audiobook CD - 2009
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High society journalist Gus Bailey was sued for $11 million for a fake story he repeated on the radio concerning a powerful congressman and a missing young woman. The stress from the lawsuit makes it difficult to finish the novel he's writing about the suspicious death of billionaire Konstantin Zacharias. The convicted murderer is in jail but, Gus is not convinced they have the right person and Konstantin's wife will do anything to suppress the story.
Publisher: New York, NY : Random House, Inc., p2009
ISBN: 9780375405877
0375405879
Branch Call Number: CD FICTION Dun, 8 disc
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9.5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Lee, Ann Marie
Hormann, Nicholas 1944-

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Mar 25, 2013

*** 1/2 stars. At first hated this book, because of the despicable main characters. Finally I realized that this "novel", published posthumously, is Mr. Dunne's final word on the amoral / immoral rich and famous among whom he made his living as an observant author. DUH!! His "autobiographical" protagonist Gus Bailey comments upon everyone from the Menendez brothers to Sunny von B├╝low - from women who still determine their behavior based on the style of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to one who manages to get rid of an unwanted husbands via fire - from the latest financial giant who is released from prison to Charles and Camilla. He even takes a jab at Mayor Bloomberg and thinly veils the slander suit brought against the author in the Sandra Levy case. This is Dunne at his cattiest best giving the finger to the world he wrote about, the star chasers who even wondered about the embalming of "that actor in ?Batman? who overdosed on prescription drugs". Have fun figuring out the objects of scorn. Both Gus Bailey and Mr. Dunne are saying goodbye. The book is full of heartbreaking evidence of this. Early in the book an elderly gay man with terminal cancer arranges his elegant departure. Later Gus / Dunne also learns of his own cancer, but makes a dignified, quiet departure. Mr Dunne had far more class than his subjects, and as he states concerning the world in which he circulated: at least ?I don?t have to buy my way in.?

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