Nothing Lost by John Gregory Dunne

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A grisly racial murder in what news commentators insist on calling “the heartland.” A feeding frenzy of mass media and seamy politics. An illicit love affair with the potential to wreck lives. In his grandly inventive last novel, John Gregory Dunne orchestrated these elements into a symphony of American violence, chicanery, and sadness.In the aftermath of Edgar Parlance’s killing, the small prairie town of Regent becomes a destination for everyone from a sociopathic teenaged supermodel to an enigmatic attorney with secret familial links to the worlds of Hollywood and organized crime. Out of their manifold convergences, their jockeying for power, publicity or love, Nothing Lost creates a drama of magnificent scope and acidity.

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About John Gregory Dunne

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John Gregory Dunne wrote five other novels—Vegas; True Confessions; Dutch Shea, Jr.; The Red White and Blue; and Playland—and seven works of nonfiction, among which are the memoir-like Harp and two books that look at Hollywood, The Studio and Monster. Born in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1932, he graduated from Princeton in 1954. He collaborated with his wife, the writer Joan Didion, on many screenplays, including Panic in Needle Park and True Confessions. John Gregory Dunne died in December 2003.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 349 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The central narrative, which concerns the trial of Duane Lajoie for the supposedly racially motivated torture and murder of a black man, Edgar Parlance, in a Great Plains state referred to as South Midland, is garnished with observations (like the comment about Midlanders "with 56-inch waists, th...

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Book Reporter

• Read an Excerpt John Gregory Dunne died in December 2003 at the age of seventy-one.

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Entertainment Weekly

Virtually from the outset, the late John Gregory Dunne's caustic final opus reverberates with the eerie familiarity of any number of recent sensational news stories.

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Bookmarks Magazine

… It traces with verve and consummate authority what Mr. Dunne calls the ‘coinage of coincidence,’ putting his characters on a collision course with fate …" Michiko Kakutani Detroit Free Press 3.5 of 5 Stars "Dunne’s books always rely on a distinct rhythm and this one is a little tougher tha...

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John Gregory Dunne’s last novel—he died in December 2003—is a crackling political thriller cum murder mystery about events surrounding a celebrity trial in small Midwestern town.

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