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An Inconvenient Woman [Paperback]

Dominick Dunne
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17 Nov 2009
Jules Mendelson is wealthy. Astronomically so. He and his wife lead the kind of charity-giving, art-filled, high-society life for which each has been carefully groomed. Until Jules falls in love with Flo March, a beautiful actress/waitress. What Flo discovers about the superrich is not a pretty sight. And in the end, she wants no more than what she was promised. But when Flo begins to share the true story of her life among the Mendelsons, not everyone is in a listening mood. And some cold shoulders have very sharp edges. . . .

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  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (17 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345522206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345522207
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth re-reading 20 April 2013
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The book arrived quickly from the Seller and was in good condition. I enjoyed the story, having read it many years ago it was a good re-read. Dominick Dunne told a good gossipy story about the American rich and famous and this book was no exception.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 1 Aug 2010
Very Hollywood - very money - very much suspense - very spicy - lots of fun to read. It's a long time since I enjoyed reading a book so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book was difficult to put down and I read it feversihly 28 July 1999
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An Inconvenient Woman became one of my favorite books as soon as I read the description of the characters attending an upscale LA funeral. The author, one of my favorites, knows these people back to front and he writes of them with insight as well as scorn. Complications in the lives of the rich and powerful have never been so keenly described but Dunne manages to make each character complete. He can write compassionately as well as comically of villains and whores and princes. The character upon whom the moral voice is attached, Phillip, is mult-dimensional and always truthful. The story reminds me of what I liked most about old Columbo episodes. Apart from that, the story holds the reader at a good pace. You definitely want to follow all of these characters, who are real enough that we can smell their Bev Hills scents and see their tucked chins. I am always impressed with D. Dunne, who has such such a gentle way with his down-and-outers. I hate to see overdrawn characters and Dunne never does this. He takes the reader between the gutters and the mansions of LA with finesse, never allowing one or the other to take the stage too long. I will read anything he writes and I hope he never stops because he is a sure voice for our times.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Feb 2000
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Dominck Dunne's captivating tale of a wealthy man and his mistress is loosely based on the story of Vicky Morgan and Alfred Bloomingdale. Whether you followed that story or not, you will find this book hard to put down.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dominick Dunne at his best! 27 Jun 2001
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This has to be one of Mr. Dunne's best books. Having read all of his books, I think this is the best. It has many fascinating characters and true to his style, he definitely knows how to keep his readers interested. If you love Mr. Dunne, you will love this book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Dunne book - definetly not my last! 30 July 1997
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This was my first book by Dominick Dunne, so I didn't know what to expect when I ordered it from Amazon. I was totally thrilled with my choice! Once I started reading I didn't want to stop. (The dishes waited, so did eating).

I don't consider myself a literary expert, just a go to work, come home type of person, so I don't like books that take 10 years of english classes to understand. This one hits the mark. The book was easy to follow, not so many characters that you loose track of the scene or have to back track to remember who one was.

The story is about a very wealthy man, his wife, his mistress, and a murder. Sounds common, but each chapter leaves you wanting to start the next immediately. Dunne added excitement where I thought it needed it without alot of bad language and detailed sex sceens.

This book has it all - love & romance, mystery, happiness, saddness, etc. READ IT
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing & Engrossing ... 12 July 2006
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It says this is a novel ~~ but reading the others' reviews, they say it's loosely based on a real story ~~ and to be honest, I really don't care if it's loosely based on anything because I didn't pick this book up to read up on the rich and famous. I picked this book up because I was bored and it needed to go back to a friend of mine. And I was not able to put the book down. Fortunately, it has been raining nonstop the last two days, so I was able to read it all.

This is my first Dominick Dunne book and it really surprised me on how good it was. It was very well-written and very engrossing. It is steamy but it could have been worse. It shows a little bit of the world that the Mendelsens live in as well as the writer, Philip, lived in and the lifestyle of the rich & famous in LA and how they chose not to intermingle with Hollywood celebrities.

This book focuses on Flo March, a young woman who was Jules Mendelsen's mistress. It showed the exchanges between those two, his wife, Pauline, his lawyer, and their circle of upper-crust society. It begins with a lavish party that the young writer, Philip, was invited to. After the party, Pauline's best friend, Hector, was found murdered. Jules hushed it up and that aroused Philip's suspicions on why it was covered-up, letting the real murderer go. And it all spirals downhill from then on for the Mendelsens, and Flo, who was caught up in the middle of it.

It was well-written, intriguing and definitely engrossing. I couldn't stop turning the pages in order to find out who did what. The lavish descriptions of the houses, jewelry and the lifestyles, were interesting as well. I will have to admit to being a little bit dumbfounded though at the thought of why the rich and famous always need to have more than what they have. It seems like they're cursed.

It was definitely a perfect rainy day reading material ~~ and surprisingly so.

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