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True Confessions 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.

10 thoughts on “True Confessions

  1. says:

    I chose this book primarily because the author, John Dunne, was Joan Didion s husband of 40 years because it s considered a classic of contemporary literature, with a goodread readers 4 star rating After 60 pages of ignoring foul language depressingly brutal crime scenes, I could take nostopped reading Dunne s refusal to adhere to correct grammar, sensible punctuation, and his anachonistic style all acknowledged in his forward do add shock value, but coupled with the I chose this book primarily because the author, John Dunne, was Joan Didion s husband of 40 years because it s considered ...

  2. says:

    I read this book because it s on many ten best mystery lists Originally published in 1977, it is an exemplar of noir, you can almost hear Humphrey Bogart s voice over But there is far too much going off on tangents that are great for establishing the voice over and over again, she said a little jadedly , and there is no one to like, no character I can root for Noir means black in French, and this book is both black and bleak in outlook Maybe I m meant to be cheered by the two brothers s I read this book because it s on many ten best mystery lists Originally published in 1977, it is an exemplar of noir, you can almost hear Humphrey Bogart s voice over But there is far too much going off on tangents that are great for establishing the voice over and over again, she said a little jadedly , and there is no one to like, no character I can root fo...

  3. says:

    A masterpiece of crime fiction.

  4. says:

    By far the best L.A murder mystery I have ever read Every word was a treat.

  5. says:

    An overlooked genius John Gregory Dunne s characterization of Hollywood in the 1940 s presages James Ellroy s without the hyperbole.

  6. says:

    I just finished True Confessions the book a friend of mine a retired economics professor made me read Four and a half hours on public transportation yesterday got me through the last half of the book I finished off the final few pages this morning And I m relieved that I m done True Confessions is a meandering mess of existential navel gazing Maybe if I was a Catholic, I d careabout the heavy handed themes of guilt and sin and adultery, but the author s style makes it all half ba I just finished True Confessions the book a friend of mine a retired economics professor made me read Four and a half hours on public transportation yesterday got me through the last half of the book I finished off the final few pages this morning And I m relieved that I m done True Confessions is a meandering mess of existential navel gazing Maybe if I was a Catholic, I d careabout the heavy handed themes of guilt and sin and adultery, but the author s style makes it all half baked claptrap The story about the Black Dahlia esque murder that is supposedly the core of the novel isn t even a quarter of the book It s a loss leader A trick to get you to read a festival of circuitous, seemingly endless ruminations by characters it s nearly impossible to care for or about And so on.True Confessions is so slow and meandering it makes chilled maple syrup seem speedy by comparison...

  7. says:

    A cross between a novel, a police procedural and a mystery Set in LA in 1946 This is the crudest book I have ever read filled with profanity, racism and sexual terminology Very irish and very Catholic to the point where I did not understand some of the religious references...

  8. says:

    Definitely a classic of the hard boiled variety, based on the famous Black Dahlia murder in 1940s LA The language is harsh and violent and the characters aren t very likable but the comparison of the scandal plagued, wildly corrupt LA polic...

  9. says:

    True Confessions made me wanna get my hands dirty in the bowels of a city Since I wasn t about to sign up for the police academy, I did the next best thing I started searching for an apartment in the nitty grittiest spot I could think of in downtown Portland Voodoo Donuts.

  10. says:

    After I saw the movie, True Confessions, I had to get the book to compare Very loosely based on the Black Dahlia murder in the 1940 s, Dunne describes post war L.A and a very corrupt police department with raunchy though accurate language of the time The relationship ...

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