Kate Ward
December 09, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Too Much Money

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Dominick Dunne
publisher
Crown
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a C

Vanity Fair writer Dominick Dunne died in August but left behind one last novel, an update of 1988’s People Like Us, in which he casts his eye once again on upper-class indiscretions. Gus Bailey, a journalist who bears more than a passing resemblance to Dunne, begins researching a book about the suspicious death of a billionaire, while socialite Ruby Renthal awaits her husband’s release from prison, where he was serving time for various financial misdeeds. Sadly, Dunne’s writing isn’t nearly as rich and elegant as his subjects. Too Much Money is like a high-society dinner party — it promises glitz and excitement, but devolves into something of a bore. C

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