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Nothing Lost

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Virtually from the outset, the late John Gregory Dunne’s caustic final opus reverberates with the eerie familiarity of any number of recent sensational news stories. He sets the stage with a racially tinged murder in the heartland by two sociopathic ne’er-do-wells. In the resulting Hollywood/media frenzy, he introduces a high-wattage courtroom cast: a teen supermodel (the half sister of one defendant) bent on hijacking the trial into a fashion shoot; a philandering prosecutor married to a vociferously right-wing congresswoman; and two defense attorneys, an ”aging media bunny” and a gay, Jewish ex-prosecutor. Though he sometimes slips into easy caricature, Dunne effectively skewers shibboleths of both left and right while vividly delineating the hidden links between America’s elite and its forgotten underclass.