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Another City, Not My Own

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,139 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
This is the story of the Trial of the Century as only Dominick Dunne can write it. Told from the point of view of one of Dunne's most familiar fictional characters-Gus Bailey-Another City, Not My Own tells how Gus, the movers and shakers of Los Angeles, and the city itself are drawn into the vortex of the O.J. Simpson trial.

We have met Gus Bailey in previous novels by Domi
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ebook, 416 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published December 12th 1991)
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Kerry Kenney
If you can call something as barbarous as being glued to the OJ Simpson Trial a guilty pleasure, well, that was me. Granted, I had a full time job so I wasn't glue-glued, but I surely read everything I could get my hands on about the trail and the personalities involved. Dominck Dunne is a shameless namedropper. I like this book very much. It definitely scratched an itch for me.
christa
Dominick, Dominick, Dominick. (Shakes head and sighs). What a piece of work.

Here is the precise formula my new bestie used to write his late-1990s Anti-Ode to OJ Simpson, the novel-ish memoir Another City Not My Own:

Excerpt from "Vanity Fair" editorial on the trial.
Scene in which Dominick Dunne, wearing the name of journalist Gus Bailey for the purposes of this piece, is conversing with someone along the lines of Nancy Reagan or Heidi Fleiss at a fancy schmancy Los Angeles eatery.
Said famous
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Tara
Oct 19, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I was not impressed by this book at all wherein the fictional alter-ego of the author covers every sordid, over reported instant of the O.J. Simpson trial. His narrator's commentaray which is peppered with, "I would have him/her say this in my book" not only stretches the line between fact and fiction to it's limit, but is also an annoying device. I wish he had just wrote the book from the character's point of view and not his narrator's own. If you lived through the trial, don't waste your time ...more
Debbie
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After watching the OJ Miniseries, this book was recommended to me. An interesting "fictional" following of the OJ Trial.
Kay
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dominick Dunne is one of my guilty pleasures of reading. His books are always a voyeuristic look into the lives and lifestyles of the rich and famous. Like so many of his other books, once I picked it up I could not put it down. Reliving the trial of OJ Simpson through the eyes of Dunne's antagonist, Gus Baily brought back the fascination and obsession we had with every aspect of this case. Only Dunne can fill in so many side stories, supporting players and the details of the Trial of the Centur ...more
Sera
Nov 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, own
Dunne wrote this book after the OJ trial in California. He provides an interesting look at life in Hollywood, murder and the justice system. It always amazes me how Dunne gets away with writing these books based on real life people and that people still talk to him and invite him to their parties. One never knows what he is going to disclose next, which is one reason why I really enjoy his books.
Sara Cochran
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might have loved it more the second time. I love Dunne and miss his presence on this earth.
Chamie
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great to listen to, love the dish! Now I have to read the Nicole Brown Simpson book.
Peter Burton
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Speaking as an Australian who only knew the bare bones of the O.J.Simpson saga and who missed the recent mini series about it,I found this treatment of the drama strangely compelling.It's easy to read as all his books are and very interesting.Even the relentless name dropping is interesting as a window on a world completely beyond me.He also seems a likeable guy.I did see many years ago a documentary of his life that he made which drew me to his life.
Pam
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the recent holiday break, I binge watched "O.J.: Made in America" and "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story".

I then picked up some books about the trial, among them "Another City, Not My Own" by Dominick Dunne.

Each book brought a different perspective to the case.

I thought "Another City, Not My Own" was okay. It was reasonably well written and held my interest.
Phil
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite Dunne's upper-crust, name-dropping lifestyle, this is one of the most complete, and the most human accounts of the so-called "Trial of the Century." Dunne employs a clear, organized style, and the main character is a (razor) thinly-veiled autobiographical investigative journalist. I liked this book enough to look into Dunne's other novels.
Tom Kammerer
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice entry in the OJ collection
Lynn Zuniga
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow

having never read any of mr. dunnes work
, i was pleasantly surprised by the smooth flow of his writing.
Nancy Gay
I feel like some kind of dog reading this lurid and nosy parker book, and the subject matter done to death is the OJ Simpson trial. HOwever, Dunne has a way of endearing himself to his readers even when he is neglecting his family, especially when his own son goes missing in the middle of the OJ trial. Of course, being on the side of the angels in this one, helps his image, but he is obsesesed with the whole thing to an unhealthy extent..oh hdear I keep forgetting to say GUS BAILEY is obsessesed ...more
Oolookitty
Jun 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of Dunne's "Vanity Fair" writings, I was looking forward to reading this book about the O.J. Simpson trial. However, this book is so badly written and so vapid that it offers nothing of literary or journalistic value. Dunne has no insights into the trial or into Simpson other than musing about his flat, angry stare. Written in a breathless "I went to dinner with Nancy Reagan and then I talked about O.J. to Princess Diana and then I saw Madonna and she said hi to me" kind of prose, this ...more
Alethea Bothwell
I started out pretty much hating this - too much name-dropping! My God! I guess this is what the life of a gossip columnist, or a Hollywood insider (or whatever) must be like? But it is tiresome.

The Simpson trial was a horror show/circus - and it revealed a deep deep divide in how black and white people see the world. I don't (and didn't at the time) know too many white people who didn't think Simpson was guilty, and it was a shock to see blacks rejoicing at the verdict. So there is that, and Du
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Lisa
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book probably three times before, but I just read it again, probably because of the mini-series currently on TV about the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

This book is a VERY thinly disguised account of the author, called "Gus Bailey" here but it was actually Dominick Dunne himself, who covered the Simpson trial for Vanity Fair magazine. In fact it seems that mostly real names were used throughout, except that the Dunne family names had been changed. It is about the year or so that "Gu
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Eztizen
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, non-fiction
Knowing close to nothing about the OJ case, and this being the first novel by Dunne I've ever read, I have absolutely enjoyed it.

The author does an incredible job of describing not so much the case (which he does), but the country's feelings before, during and after the trial. He tells us about the killer's family, but also the victims'; he describes the main people involved in the trial, lawyers, judge Ito, journalists...; he shows us the world's fascination with everything surrounding OJ. But
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Lara
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Written by Gus/Dominic Dunne about the social life around the OJ Simpson trial. Very guilty pleasure. Read in practically one-fell swoop. Gossip heaven. The narrator who I assume is actually Dunne lives by gossiping to the rich & famous, actually singing for his supper every night at a different dinner party. His son goes missing in the wilderness for 5 days thought dead, and when he is found Gus immediately goes back to his nightly celebrity dinners, saying to his son - we must talk about w ...more
J. Walker
There are few, if any, characters here – the book is populated with fabricants upon which he hangs famous names, lots of them. He is a ruthless namedropper – but I like him that way. It's certainly a Hollywierd tell-all, but not much else. I'm sure it was cathartic for him to write, and exorcise multiple demons at once, but the manuscript falls into the 'Bob Evans trap': If you don't know who he is by the time he shows up, Mr. Dunne/Baily would have long lost you.

I was along for the ride from st
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Mary Frances
I found this really aggravating. Dunne wrote this strange little gossipy book in which he names himself something else but otherwise uses real names, drops a million names, etc. Buried under the sycophantic reverence for the famous and rich there's a commentary on OJ and the way his fame and race led to the jury decision, Ito's poor management of the case, the DAs mistakes, etc. but the book seems almost a parody of itself. It was one of those Amazon loss leaders on sale for Kindle, and just con ...more
Mharlyn
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dominic Dunne is no Truman Capote, although he probably was deluded enough to think he was, with the poorly executed reportage meets narrative fiction style of Another City Not My Own. To say this book is rubbish is understating the intense level of rubbish into which it disintegrates. I gave it two stars instead of one because it is an unintentional hoot that had me laughing out loud. Unfortunately, it never becomes so bad it's good. It's just bad. The worst kind of sloppy, I don't-give-a-shit ...more
Mary
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. I really liked several other Dominick Dunne books and adored his Court TV series, but this book just left me unimpressed and irritated with the ending. I suppose I should have done some research on this one, but I was in the bookstore and saw it on the shelf and had to have. THis was really hard to get through, what with all the name dropping. Also, the dialogue in this was just a little flimsy. I was really hoping for more. As other reviewers said, the "I will put this in my novel" or the V ...more
Sherrie Gingery
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dunne is able to pull off a fictionalized version of the O.J. Simpson trial. As in his other novels, he does this by portraying himself as a fictional character in the context of real life events. In Another City you can't help but taste Dunne's disgust and angst over Simpson's acquittal.

Like everyone else in the U.S. I, too, was wrapped up with the infamous white Bronco chase, the defense team's court room theatrics, and Mark Furhman's racist comments, but, over the years, I had forgotten how
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Britt Lovelady
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it was interesting to read about the trial of OJ Simpson. I was in third grade when it actually happened and I remember watching the TV in class when they announced the not guilty verdict. I knew it was a big deal, but I didn't realize to what extent until this novel. On the other hand, I did not care for the style of the writing, and the main character, Gus, was kind of annoying in how much he got caught up in the trial and its participant ...more
Heather Lisson
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Dominick Dunne on "Power, Privilege, and Justice," and after reading this book, I want to read every word he has ever written. I simply devoured this book. It was perhaps the most interesting of all the "O.J." books I've read. It is vintage Dunne: a juicy, gossipy read that really gives you an idea of the atmosphere in Los Angeles at the time of the trial while bemoaning the fact that somehow Ron and Nicole got lost in all the hoopla. The ending has an unexpected twist. Very enjoyable - ...more
Andrea
May 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fictional take on the OJ Simpson trial- just amazing. Dunne covered the trial for Vanity Fair and puts himself in this story as a character. The ending shocked the hell out of me.

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I first read this years ago, but with OJ-related stories back in the news recently, I thought of this book and wanted to read it again. It holds up for me. I've always enjoyed Dominick Dunne's writing and I enjoyed coming back to this one. Ending is still shocking, but the clues are scattered through
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Michael Alan Grapin
A novel written as a memoir from the point of view of Gus Bailey, a special correspondent for Vanity Fair covering the O J Simpson murder trial. He never loses the certainty of O J's guilt placing him in an unpopular position with those who want to believe that O J is innocent, but making him a very popular guest at upscale parties and On news programs where they relish his perspective. Often repetitive it's still a fascinating read offering incites into the the legal process that turned a count ...more
Kevin
Feb 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because it was the only book I could find that week. It actually really sucks.

Just hundreds of pages of boring pretentious dialog about the OJ trial. Makes you want to puke.

The only quasi redeeming factor was his descriptions of Hollywood landmarks, which were too brief and too far between.

This book is better suited to going under the short leg of a dresser than being read.
David Slater
I normally make a concerted effort to avoid paying attention to any "trials of the century." But the combination of the OJ saga being in the news again and my finding the book on tape for a buck compelled me to pick it up. Don't think I got anything out of the poorly written, awkwardly sub-titled work ("A Novel in the form of a Memoir)--other than the guilty pleasure of being disgusted by all the name-dropping and a glimpse into overprivileged lives, not my own.
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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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