Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments” as Want to Read:
Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  716 ratings  ·  76 reviews
For more than two decades, Vanity Fair has published Dominick Dunne’s brilliant, revelatory chronicles of the most famous crimes, trials, and punishments of our time. Here, in one volume, are Dominick Dunne’s mesmerizing tales of justice denied and justice affirmed. Whether writing of Claus von Bülow’s romp through two trials; the Los Angeles media frenzy surrounding O.J. ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2001)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Justice, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Justice

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsTwilight by Stephenie MeyerEclipse by Stephenie MeyerNew Moon by Stephenie MeyerBreaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Great Books with BLACK covers
385th out of 1,235 books — 691 voters
All the President's Men by Carl BernsteinThe Sorrows of Young Mike by John ZelaznyThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsBlack Like Me by John Howard GriffinThe Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Books by Journalists
245th out of 374 books — 66 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,137)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Or subtitled, "Rich People Behaving Horribly." Dunne is not a great writer, and even if Vanity Fair published these essays previously, they are nonetheless little more than gossipy accounts of sensational crimes and trials that attracted the magazine's core readership and let them feel as if they were sitting with the author at some upscale cafe, chatting away about the dirt he had picked up. Yes, some of it is interesting and sordid, but Dunne does not come close to true crime writers, in my op ...more
Peter William Warn
When Dominique Dunne, daughter of Dominick and his ex-wife, Ellen ("Lenny"), was murdered, news accounts emphasized that she was the niece of writers John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion. Dominick Dunne complained to a publicist friend of his who convinced media organizations to change their approach. "It's hurtful to us," Dunne said. "It's as if we had not only lost her but been denied parentage as well."

A few pages later in his essay about the murder trial of his daughter's killer, Dunne refers
How does that old saying go: "Every time a writer dies, Christa buys one of his books?" Dominick Dunne's death was like a magnet to the True Crime section, where I yanked the only Dunne in the store, "Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments." His body was barely cold when I scanned my debit card.

This is a collection of the crimes Dunne covered after deciding when he was oh-50ish to become a writer. It opens with his personal essay on the death of his daughter Dominique Dunne, the sassafras old
I listened to this as an audio book read by the author. It is a fascinating expose of the deceit and degeneracy that has surrounded many of the most famous trials of the 20th Century - much of it gleaned from his reportage for Vanity Fair. What first impressed me was Dunne's hardboiled honesty and commitment to justice. The book begins with a chapter dedicated to the murder of his daughter Dominique, who in October, 1982, was strangled to death by her former boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, cut d ...more
I would like to make a Dominick Dunne Mad Libs, and it would be something like the following.

"One night while dining at [Restaurant: Drai's/Swifty/Le Dome/Le Pavillon], I happened to run into [Title: Mr./Mrs.Husband's-First-Name/Sir/Lady/Countess/Dame/Duchess] [Last Name: DuPont/Simpson/Kennedy/Bloomingdale/Von Bulow], of [Newport/Fifth Avenue/Park Avenue/Santa Monica/Wilmington:]. He/she told me something remarkable - that only one day before [Simpson murders/Menendez murders:], she/he had hear
Jenna Montgomery
This was the first Dunne book I have read. Despite his fame as such a great author, I was not so impressed with his writing style, in fact I found it rather generic and not elegant.
The most riveting chapter by far is the first about his daughter's murder and trail. Dunne's heartbreak was palpable and the article was sometimes difficult to read.
Half of the book is about OJ and the rest of the articles are about high society people and murders that have occurred in their families. I know writing
This book is a collection of Dominick Dunne's articles for Vanity Fair concerning true crimes. Unfortunately they are the ones that have already been hashed and rehashed to death (no pun intended). I always liked Mr. Dunne. I have enjoyed his appearances on T.V. as well as the book the Two Mrs. Grenvilles. The best story in the whole collection is the first one where he recounts the murder of his daughter, the actress Dominique Dunne, and subsequent trial of her killer John Sweeney. It is told f ...more
Dec 14, 2007 Xysea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true crime buffs
I've long loved Dominick Dunne, for many reasons. I think I envy him in some ways; he was at the center of New York society, a constant dinner companion and raconteur, among some of the richest and well-known families in the USA.

But what I've loved more than that, about Mr. Dunne, is his complete ability to skewer these people without regret.

I've watched him grow from disillusioned, to cynical, to angry. I've watched him ride the crest of the societal wave all the way down to the murky depths a
I loved this book, even though so far each of the three non-fiction books by Dunne that I have read have had overlapping articles. It is as if he has gotten away with repackaging the same books. This book was also a little OJ simpson heavy. I have no interest in that tale. Though perhaps I will want a refresher in another 10 years, and if so I would go for this book.
I always was a big fan of Dominick Dunne - I subscribed to Vanity Fair just to read his columns.

This book for me was wonderful. Maybe it is because of the 20th Anniversary of the Nicole Simpson / Ron Goldman murders; but it struck just the right notes.

What always made Dunne's writing so interesting was the reactions of his famous friends. As he hobnobbed with the rich & famous he recounted the dreadful details of these trials.

The book opens with the story of his daughter's murder and the tr
Ruthanne Davis
Extremely outdated with no recent updates on the various cases. I listened to the audiobook version and Dunne's reading is heavy with snobbish overtones.
Dominick Dunne is the only secular figure I would choose to have dinner with if I could pick and choose a celebrity to have a meal with. Why? It's not to ask him about who he's met, sat in a courtroom with and written about, it's because he truly is, in my estimation; a man who humbly opens the curtain on the lives of the rich and powerful, who by their own contemptible design, desire to get away with detestable things.I read his books because I care about what he thinks. His opinion matters to ...more
Dominick Dunne has got to be one of the most interesting men who have ever lived. Somehow he seemed to have a face or a personality or something about him that led people to trust him and share secrets with him. He took those secrets--and honored the secret tellers when they were honest or fair--and wrote gripping fiction and compelling nonfiction. I used to love reading what he wrote for Vanity Fair and was sad when he passed away. Surely we had lost a great story teller who knew how to make no ...more
Dominick Dunne's JUSTICE: CRIMES, TRIALS, AND PUNISHMENTS is a collection of essays about murder trials, most of them involving people who are rich, privileged, and famous. About half of the essays deal with the trial of OJ Simpson, articles by Dunne that orginally appeared in VANITY FAIR.

There are better books about the Simpson trial--Jeffrey Toobin's THE RUN OF HIS LIFE, for one--but Dunne's pieces on Simpson are unique in their point of view and conversational style. Dunne is mostly interest
Jan 26, 2010 Leigh rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
I've been reading Vanity Fair off and on for about three years now and Dominick Dunne's column was always my favorite. So when he passed away recently, I decided to go back and read this collection of his work.

I really enjoyed it; perhaps because so many of these trials happened during my childhood, so it was all new to me. My only complaint is that the "OJ Section" dragged on too long. It was interesting, though, because I realized that my irritation at turning the page to find yet another OJ
Listened to as audiobook. I certainly wasn't expecting any great legal analysis, and there I wasn't disappointed. It was less about the trials and more about the gossip surrounding the victims/defendants before the trials ever took place. I often felt like i was listening to somebody read me Perez Hilton's website or or something, had they existed in the 80s. 20+ CDs of name dropping--it's a lot of what socialites with whom he dined and what socialite called him with information about th ...more
"This was an unexpectedly fascinating book lent to me by the s.o. It’s made up of reprinted articles from Vanity Fair, with about a third of the pieces devoted to the unbelievable media circus surrounding the O.J. Simpson trial. Going in I thought I was all over O.J., but Dunne’s perspective is utterly riveting and he uncovered a lot of weird and unsettling details about that whole fiasco. It really was a page turner. Dominick Dunne isn’t so much a traditional journalist as a personal observer — ...more
I felt a little hampered by not knowing a lot of the peripheral characters mentioned in each of the essays. But the overall message shines through - 'the rich are different'. But I also felt that Dunne's belief that actions have consequences and that a debt must be paid were also apparent. It was a glimpse into a different world and, aside from the murder and mayhem, not one I'd ever want to visit. All trials are performances to some extent, but the balance seems to have shifted too much to the ...more
This book was such a chore to get through. When I subscribed to Vanity Fair a few years ago, I would usually skip Dunne's monthly column, as every column seemed to be just name-dropping and self-promotion. This book was no different. I bought this when Borders was going out of business, not realizing it was a collection of his columns from Vanity Fair.

While I found some of the stories interesting, Dunne's writing is not spectacular, and I found his bias against criminal defense attorneys, defen
A great collection of high society crime pieces filled with delightful gossip and observation. Dunne spends a lot of time in the courtroom and then manages to speak with a number of peripheral characters related to the stories he covers. There's a huge amount of material about the OJ case which was a lot of fun to revisit.

His first foray into crime journalism is also included here - his peerless and affecting piece on the murder of his daughter and the subsequent trial is included. . .you can r
The chapters that were on different murders were interesting but too many dealing with the O. j. Trial. In the other stories I read some new information and new details I did not know before.
I don't know how to react to this book... It was interesting but to me felt one sided. The author spoke freely of his views and opinions on the cases being told. Some of the stories you received a lot of detail in what happened while on others you did not. I go both ways on this book
Omnipotent Dystopian Now
I found this book to be a bit trite. Interesting to read about some examples of how absurd trials can be, but that's nothing new.
Too much "I heard from a friend of a friend who heard it from her beautician who heard it from her chauffeur" for my taste.
David Bales
A compilation of articles that Dunne wrote for "Vanity Fair" over the years about various trials, (including the one of the man who killed his daughter Dominique in 1982 which did not appear in the magazine) and concerned cases like the Menendez brothers in Los Angeles, the Claus von Bulow case in Rhode Island, and especially, O.J., for which Dunne was a major contributor to the spectacle of it all. Enormously chatty, name-droppy and elegant, Dunne claims to not be a part of the usually wealthy ...more
Matthew Barlow
Read it for a class. Didn't have time to get into it, but was enjoyable none the less.
Laura Pace
I have always loved Dominick Dunne...his books, his exposes in Vanity Fair. I love his shameless name-dropping that feeds my hunger for the dirt and gossip of the well-known and the lesser well-known, but notorious just the same. He was maybe not a great writer, but a fantastic storyteller, and I love every tale he tells. Most of all, maybe I love his fall from grace, and rise from the ashes in mid-life that is so inspiring. He does not fail to tell that story again in 'Justice', but tells it di ...more
If probably give this book a 3.5 if it were possible. I really like Dominick Dunne, and somehow he makes these stories of rich people and their scandals interesting to a poor person like me. This book was entirely too much O. J. though. I enjoyed all the stories, including some of the O. J. information, it just seemed to take up way too much of the book. Overall, it was a good taste of his Vanity Fair career. The first piece is very personal and hard to read (about the murder of his daughter). I ...more
Elizabeth  Vasquez
Apr 18, 2008 Elizabeth Vasquez rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy true crime
Author Dominick Dunne describes behind the scene details of several murder trials: First of John Sweeney, the man who killed his daughter, Dominique Dunne. Dominique played the older sister in the movie "Poltergeist". Second of Marvin Pancoast, who was convicted of killing Vicky Morgan. Vicky Morgan was the mistress of Alfred Bloomingdale. Third of Claus von Bulow, who was charged/convicted and later acquitted of attempted murder of his wife, a wealthy socialite.
I'd always enjoyed Dominick Dunne's essays in Vanity Fair, so this was totally me!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 37 38 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Run of His Life : The People versus O. J. Simpson
  • The Dead Girl
  • Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened & Why Do They Say It?
  • American Tragedy
  • Invincible: My Journey from Fan to NFL Team Captain
  • Rose West: The Making of a Monster
  • Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders
  • A Place for Us: A Greek Immigrant Boy's Odyssey to a New Country and an Unknown Father
  • Journey
  • Leonardo da Vinci : The First Scientist
  • The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul, and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles
  • The Clinton Wars
  • Murder in Greenwich
  • Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer
  • Fire Lover
  • Auto Focus
  • Never Enough
  • Blood On the Table: The Greatest Cases of New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Dominick Dunne was an American writer and investigative journalist whose subjects frequently hinged on the ways high society interacts with the judiciary system. He was a producer in Hollywood and is also known from his frequent appearances on television.

After his studies at Williams College and service in World War II, Dunne moved to New York, then to Hollywood, where he directed Playhouse 90 and
More about Dominick Dunne...

Share This Book