True Confessions: A Novel

True Confessions: A Novel


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In 1940s Los Angeles, an unidentified murder victim is found bisected in a shadowy lot. A catchy nickname is given her in jest—"The Virgin Tramp"—and suddenly a "nice little homicide that would have drifted off the front pages in a couple of days" becomes a storm center. Two brothers, Tom and Des Spellacy, are at the heart of this powerful novel of Irish-Catholic life in Southern California just after World War II. Played in the film version by Robert Duvall and Robert De Niro respectively, Tom is a homicide detective and Des is a priest on the rise within the Church. The murder investigation provides the background against which are played the ever changing loyalties of the two brothers. Theirs is a world of favors and fixes, power and promises, inhabited by priests and pimps, cops and contractors, boxers and jockeys and lesbian fight promoters and lawyers who know how to put the fix in. A fast-paced and often hilarious classic of contemporary fiction, True Confessions is about a crime that has no solutions, only victims. More important, it is about the complex relationship between Tom and Des Spellacy, each tainted with the guilt and hostility that separate brothers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560258155
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/30/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 218,818
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

John Gregory Dunne was the author of six novels—Vegas; True Confessions; Dutch Shea, Jr.; The Red White and Blue; Playland; and Nothing Lost—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.

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True Confessions 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
murphy58 More than 1 year ago
This is still the wrong book.Please fix asap. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an old French novel, not the Dunne.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
please check the contents! thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is way out there. Not even close. From other reviews this has been happening for about two years. NO EXCUSE BN? Must enter at least 1star to post? Also bogus...
chappyEC More than 1 year ago
Honestly the book if in French, No wonder it's free
murphsilver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best of John Gregory Dunne's novels. Was made into a good film with Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great. You've just sent me a copy of "Julie," by Frederic Soulie. In French. Morons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No wonder it's free.... it's not the book it is supposed to be!?!?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't John Gregory Dunne's book!!!
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