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Too Much Money

3.16  ·  Rating Details ·  963 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
The last two years have been monstrously unpleasant for high-society journalist Gus Bailey. When he falls for a fake story and implicates a powerful congressman in some rather nasty business on a radio program, Gus becomes embroiled in a slander suit. The stress makes it difficult for him to focus on his next novel, which is based on the suspicious death of billionaire Kon ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 2009)
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Carolyn Kellogg
Dec 14, 2009 Carolyn Kellogg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only devoted fans of Dunne
Shelves: reviewed
Reviewed for the Los Angeles Times, 12/14/09

If Dominick Dunne's posthumous novel, "Too Much Money," will get people talking about him, that's probably exactly what he would have wanted.

Dunne was something of an outsider who became a trusted chronicler of the lifestyles and trials of the privileged. He became a brand of his own -- white-haired, owl-eyed, patrician -- on cable television. Connecticut-born, Dunne was an early TV producer in New York who moved to L.A. to produce films. He had a few
Dec 23, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This was Dominick Dunne's last novel before he died and I'm sorry to say it was rather a weak effort. I greatly enjoyed his other novels so was excited to pick this one up but alas, I finished it with a deep feeling of ennui and, almost, distaste. The name-dropping was rampant and rather vulgar and the story went nowhere. I have previously liked reading about New York society as Mr. Dunne viewed it, from "inside the aquarium" as it were, but Too Much Money bordered on cariacture and the "rich pe ...more
I love revenge. Before you read the book set the scene by reading Dunne's autobiography on Wikipedia. Then you will understand that the book is non-fiction and all of the characters are real like the Von Bulows and Gary Condit. Dunne knew he was dying so he wrote a final tell-all. He exacted his revenge and entertained me, just as he did when he wrote the fictional non-fiction about OJ, which I also loved. I can't wait to write my fictional autobiography, lol.
Mar 08, 2016 Regina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Goodness, where do I begin with this novel? I guess I should start by saying, if you're a fan of Dominick Dunne and his past novels, feel safe in skipping Too Much Money. The plot went nowhere, there are inconsistencies with characters from past works, way too much repetition, and it's chock-full of just plain bad writing.

I'd venture a guess that Mr. Dunne did not actually write this book; perhaps he had an outline or the very beginnings of the book, then became too ill or even died before compl
Sep 14, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Dominick Dunne fan. I started reading him in the 80's w/ THE TWO MRS. GRENVILLES and have read just about all the fiction he's written since. As usual, the line b/w fiction and non is blurred noticably blurred. It's all the more noticable since one of the characters is a fictional Dominick Dunne. Which begs the question (as usual) "how much of this really happened"? That can either add to the fun or get in the way depending on your point of view. Dunne's use of repetition is particularly e ...more
Jan 29, 2010 Pooch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thus ends Gus Bailey. Written during the last months of author Dominick Dunne's life, TOO MUCH MONEY closes the life and times of his alter ego,Gus Bailey. The sense of gloom, melancholy, and sad realizations permeate this book. Though Wallis Simpson famously declared that one cannot be too rich or too thin, the inhabitants of Gus Bailey's New York high society found that too much money can lead to unimaginable challenges and sorrows reflected in the economic crisis of our world. Yet, the indica ...more
Mar 21, 2010 Phloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Dominick Dunne, but then again, I'm biased. Quite literally, a small man, from an affluent family, beaten in secret by his well-respected surgeon father, upon love-at-first-sight, marries his brother's girlfriend, somehow becomes a part of the Golden Age of Hollywood, gets divorced, fall from grace from saying shit about a fellow producer, becomes poor as shit, daughter gets murdered, becomes the mainstay of Vanity Fair. What the fuck.

Too Much Money was definitely Dunne's last hurrah bef
Joan Colby
It is difficult to like this roman a clef of spiteful, shallow characters. Dunne specializes in pillaring the rich as did Truman Capote ( a much better writer). “Too Much Money” contains too many repetitions that should have been edited. To be fair, as this book was published posthumously, Dunne would have not had the opportunity perhaps to make a final check. For a more interesting and balanced look at the world of the very rich, read Louis Auchincloss or Edith Wharton, both insiders, compared ...more
Patsy Chilson
Oct 02, 2012 Patsy Chilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a great read made me laugh out loud and the climbers and the society golden spooners and i especially liked the ex-convict humor. Dominick Dunne is a great writer as he moves you through the characters who are all woven together in the webs of life.
I recommend this wonderful read!
Oct 08, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Dominick Dunne's final book, published after he passed away. I thought it interesting that it says "This book is a work of fiction. Any resemblance of actual persons, living or dead is entirely coincidental". Of course, all you have to do is google his characters, and you can find the living counter parts that he based his characters. The journalist, Gus Bailey, is based on himself of course. And of course, his fictional magazine "Park Avenue, is really "Vanity Fair". I really enjoyed th ...more
Love this writer, but not my favorite work of his. The characters were great, as always; the editing, not so much. A lot of repetition .. as if the reader needed to be reminded over and again who is who, where they lived, what their titles were, they were married to, etc. (could DD not remember he'd already recounted such details several times?). Not like past books and articles I've read of his. It was a little lazy. That said, I do love the world he writes about, And I don't think there's anyo ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Ladysatel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have ever wondered what life is like for the uber rich in New York City, look no further. Dominick Dunne who wrote for Vanity Fair and hobnobbed with the rich and famous serves up a feast of scandal, gossip and insider secrets of those in the society pages. This is his last book and he held nothing back. The characters have different names, but many of them are well known. A little sleuthing on the Internet will bring up the actual details of the people written about. Dominick has the las ...more
Sep 12, 2011 Jammies rated it it was ok
Mr. Dunne was a star-f***ing snob to the end.
Dec 31, 2009 RNOCEAN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"My name is Gus Bailey...It should be pointed out that it is a regular feature of my life that people whisper things in my ear, very private things, about themselves or others. I have always understood the art of listening."The last two years have been monstrously unpleasant for high-society journalist Gus Bailey. His propensity for gossip has finally gotten him into trouble -- $11 million worth. His problems begin when he falls hook, line, and sinker for a fake story from an unreliable source a ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Considering how long Dominick Dunne had been writing and the respect he had gained at it, I expected a better novel. I found the prose clunky, the dialogue stilted, and the plot uninteresting and loosely developed. I'm more forgiving about these issues with Too Much Money than normal, because it was Dunne's final book. While writing it, he was dying, and he knew he was dying. No doubt he felt rushed to complete it. Despite its flaws, it was still a fun book to read, so now that I've dispense wit ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Megankellie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-york
Well, I really thought I was reading a novel by a poet. The guy who said "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent." That is John Donne. Dominick Dunne kept a column in Vanity Fair chronicling things rich people did. By the time I realized this, I was on a train and 132 pages in. I guess I liked it because I finished it. Do you like tales of New York high society in the recent years but somehow no one texts? When people start gossiping about rich people you've ...more
Don Schecter
Oct 27, 2013 Don Schecter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-novel
If u like action driven by continual gossip among the glitterati of New York and other world-famous places, this is the book for u. A veiled mystery forms the cohesive undercurrent of plot. I detested the constant and obviously done-on-purpose repetition; it was as though Dunne couldn't resist retelling the whole story associated with a character every time he mentioned the character. Gossip by definition is repeatable, but for heaven's sake, not to the same reader. We "get it" the first time we ...more
"Too Much Money" reads like an advanced season of the Upper East Side teen drama "Gossip Girl," a place where rumors run as fast as opposable thumbs can text them. In his final novel, Dunne revisits characters from "People Like Us," which he wrote in the 80s, featuring thinly-veiled versions of his friends, enemies, and acquaintances from the fancy schmancy moneyed world of NYC dinner parties.

Gus Bailey is an embedded journalist walking among people whose donations to the city's library surpass
Aug 31, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Dominick Dunne's for years, regularly reading his Vanity Fair column and enjoying several of his earlier novels. It seemed a genuine loss when he passed away a few years ago.

This book lacked the salacious sparkle his writing is known for. Despite the fun of vicariously hob-nobbing with the rich and infamous through the pages of the novel, it just didn't sizzle like his earlier novels and it lacked the gossipy punch of his magazine articles. The autobiographical element of th
In the last novel before his death Dominick Dunne uses his approaching demise as part of the plot but he still has a great time poking fun at the excesses and "trials" of New York's ultra rich and famous. This was Dunne's forte for decades as he was always at the right dinner party where people just had to to tell him their stories. I admit I love my "People" magazine and celebrity watching. Too Much Money is kind of Super Rich "People" novel. Campy, not to be taken seriously; just enjoy.
Susan Jones
Then you have the story of Ruby and Elias Renthal. Elias spends time in prison for some financial philandering. Elias Renthal is a billionaire and has been released from prison; high society still does not want anything to do with him and ruby. Ruby is headstrong and does not give up. Winkie, Gert have small rolls in the book, but do help make the story line.

I truly will miss Dominick Dune. Loved his books and his show Dominick Dune 19s Justice on TRU TV.
Feb 27, 2010 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I read Dominick Dunne’s last literary gift to us, Shakespeare’s phrase from HAMLET, lightly and insistently scampered through my mind. An appropriate farewell, I thought, to Dunne’s veiled insights into the rich, infamous, and legendary. Who better than Shakespeare to bid, Adieu…”

"...Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
it. Here hung
Bookmarks Magazine
Most of the characters maligned in Dunne's books are truly awful: greedy, self-absorbed, and just plain mean. Most of all, they are based on actual people, which accounts for much of the fun in reading Too Much Money. Several critics enjoyed the novel's dry humor and dead-on observations as Dunne touches on one absurdity after another. Others, however, panned it as a tedious soap opera. Still, for readers who enjoyed Dunne's previous novels, memoirs, and essays, there is much to savor within the ...more
Buck Winthrop
As one of DD's biggest fans, this final book was a let down. Billed as a sequel of sorts to People Like Us, it really boggles the mind that a major publisher let this book pass through with so many continuity errors. People Like Us ended in 1987. In this book, which is clearly set in the present time, Lil Althemus has aged over 20 yrs and is 76 but yet Elias Renthal is just getting out of prison after 7 years (He went in in 1987!) Then there are many character name changes. Then there is Justine ...more
Dianne Landry
Mar 02, 2014 Dianne Landry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last book he wrote before he died this is an entertaining end to his opus. Writing fictional autobiographies is a really interesting way to go and Dominick's have always been fun. I miss his monthly Vanity Fair articles and I miss his books. R.I.P. Dominick, I look forward to reading your afterlife diaries.
Gretchen Rings
How much is “too much” money? Dominick Dunne chronicles the lives of the very rich—often behaving very badly—in this follow-up to his 1988 novel People Like Us. Come along with main character Gus Bailey as he records life among the über-rich and powerful, traveling from Fifth Avenue to Biarritz, and lunching in the back rooms of New York’s swankiest restaurants. Unforgettable characters like old guard society fixtures Lil Altemus who has just had to downsize from her twenty-four-room apartment, ...more
Thomas Edmund
Jan 20, 2010 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dunne's Too Much Money, follows a group of New York superrich elitists as they live their lives amongst scandal debauchery and libel.

The humour of this book is great, both suble and blunt. A great reminder that no how much money you have, you still poop, pee and suffer the same mortality as everyone else on the planet.

The novel doesn't follow a story-line per se, its more a string of anecdotes from the somewhat eccentric lives of the characters that have some degree of coherence. Our main char
Candy Tiley
Having never read his previous novels or known much about his history I found the book to be sort of trite. But now I read the comments of other readers and understand it as a sort of dying confession it brings more meaning to the book.
He had a very interesting life and an interesting vantage point to view others lives from. As a result his book is engaging and definitely welcomes you in to the unique world of the super rich. In that sense it is a good read.
Verla Negus
Jan 23, 2016 Verla Negus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've heard of Dominick Dunne, but never read any of his books. After reading Too Much Money, I will be checking out more of his. It is my new guilty pleasure. The book didn't have much substance but it was fun to read.
Mar 25, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

When my life gets chaotic and I just want to kick back, it's time for any novel by Dominick Dunne. I really enjoyed this one. A bit sarcastic and a lot funny, it's just a great read.
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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
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