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Dutch Shea, Jr.

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
“Dunne’s bravura plotting asserts an exhilarating mastery.” —The New York Times Book Review.

In John Gregory Dunne’s celebrated third novel, Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney Dutch Shea, Jr. struggles to keep from falling apart after an act of terrorist violence strikes his family, the loss pushing him towards a confrontation with his past and into a mystery invo
Hardcover, First Edition, 352 pages
Published December 31st 1982 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1982)
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David Olsen
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had very different expectations for this book. It was slow, and had a sort of pointless meandering plot. Also, lots of antiquated racist characters. Maybe these were more prevalent in the eighties.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
"'Hell, yes,' Marty Cagney said. 'So he's only thirteen, the kid, but what the hell, it's a good age to learn there's people who'll go through your pockets, you give them half a chance. It's a good day, you learn something like that. And, anyway, he's such a hotshot, he shouldn't leave his coat on the floor, and the pants. I pick them up, then I got the right to go through them. And what do I find in the pocket but a list. Very neat. One, two, three, four. The nuns teach him that at St. Gerald's ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not sure how much I liked this. It made me laugh on occasion, but cringe a lot. I presume the almost never-ending racist comments by a lot of the male characters (who are mostly lawyers, judges or cops) is an indication of how Dunne viewed the legal profession at the time, although there is no comeback, and most of the black characters are defendants in court cases. All a bit uncomfortable really, or maybe I just didn't get it. It was a clever plot however, a seedy pimp lawyer taking centre-stag ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can’t claim that this is a great novel, so I’m a little at a loss to describe the irrational pleasure it gives me, unless to ascribe it to the pleasure Dunne takes glorying in the seedy details of the mise en scène that he draws for his alter ego, the “pimp lawyer” Dutch Shea, Jr.
A rather ridiculous tale about a downtrodden defense attorney. I would never have come across this book if it weren't cited for a rather intriguing paragraph in Barbara Babcock's seminal article on public defense, "Defending the Guilty."
Dec 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own, fiction, mexico
Not sure if it was my dislike for this type of lawyer or the fact that it was a bore for me was the reason for not liking it. I kept putting it down saying I would not go back to it but I did go back to it over a months time. I should have left it unread.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Um, wowie holy zowie. I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It was crazy intricate and bloody-rare and not at all what I usually enjoy. I'll have to read this several times over to pick up the little things I'm sure I missed.
Mickey Mantle
Feb 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Interesting...I was told to read this book by a lawyer...The fixation of the lawyer with this book kind of baffles me...
It is a great read..not earthshaking.
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Yet more artistry. Why does no one appreciate this man's talents? The protagonist is cauterized by alcohol, death and love.
Lisa Funk
Aug 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
I read this book for literature class in college (early 80s) and couldn't find one redeeming thing about it.
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John Gregory Dunne was an American novelist, screenwriter and literary critic.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and was a younger brother of author Dominick Dunne. He suffered from a severe stutter and took up writing to express himself. Eventually he learned to speak normally by observing others. He graduated from Princeton University in 1954 and worked as a journalist for Time magazine. He m
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