A Season in Purgatory by Dominick Dunne
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They were the family with everything. Money. Influence. Glamour. Power. The power to halt a police investigation in its tracks. The power to spin a story, concoct a lie, and believe it was the truth. The power to murder without guilt, without shame, and without ever paying the price. America's royalty, they called the Bradleys. But an outsider refuses to play his part. And now, the day of reckoning has arrived. . . .


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About Dominick Dunne

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Dominick Dunne is an internationally acclaimed journalist and the bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, including Another City, Not My Own; A Season in Purgatory; The Two Mrs. Grenvilles; People Like Us; and The Mansions of Limbo.From the Paperback edition.
 
Published February 22, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 464 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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(Hovering piously on the fringes: Constant's impossibly devout mother Grace, his successful brothers Desmond and Sandro, and his sisters Maureen and Mary Pat, who never mention their retarded, institutionalized sister Agnes.) Then it's 1989, and Harrison, visiting a Maine nursing home to cover on...

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Dunne's juicy tale of an aristocratic family's secret complicity in a grisly murder was a four-week PW bestseller.

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That the rich clearly are different is a tenet often espoused by society chronicler Dunne, though never more cogently than in this riveting saga about the Bradley clan of Scarborough Hill, Conn.

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Guilt, glorious guilt, hangs heavy over everyone, including Sherilyn Fenn, as a hard-drinking sister, and Blair Brown, who, in the movie's cruelest role, plays the wizened, fanatically Catholic matriarch.

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According to the Bradleys and their sycophants among the press, it's a vicious, entirely false accusation made nearly 20 years after the fact by one Harrison Burns, a scholarship student befriended by Constant at prep school and given an Ivy League education at his family's expense.

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Harry Burns (Patrick Dempsey), a would-be writer at prep school with extravagantly rich Constant Bradley (Craig Sheffer), visits Bradley's manse where Constant's father, financier Gerald (Brian Dennehy), runs people and things.

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