A Season in Purgatory

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Ballantine Books, 2009 - Fiction - 377 pages
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"Mesmerizing."-- "The New York Times."

Glamour, wealth, success, power--the Bradleys are as close to an aristocracy as America has never had. And one day soon, if patriarch Gerald Bradley has his way, his charismatic youngest some will win the highest office in the land . . .

"A triumph!"--Marie Brenner.

Constant Bradley has what it takes to go all the way: looks, breeding, wit, and style. Yet the famed congressman has one fatal flaw: Beneath his handsome face lies a hidden rage that can explode . . . in murder.

"Stunning . . . witty, juicy."-- "Liz Smith."

Once, Harrison Burns was Constant's best friend. A scholarship student drawn into the Bradley's privileged world of seaside summers and exclusive clubs, he enjoyed the family's generosity--until the night when fifteen-year-old Winfred Utley was bludgeoned to death near the Bradley the estate and Harrison became the bearer of Constant's most horrifying secret . . .

"Compelling."--" New York Daily News."

Now, twenty years later, Harrison knows he must reveal the truth of that terrible night--even if stripping away the illusions around this powerful family earns him their undying enmity; even if the strength of their fury threatens his reputation, his family, and his life. . .


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About the author (2009)

Dominick Dunne was the author of five bestselling novels, two collections of essays, and The Way We Lived Then, a memoir with photographs.  He had been a special correspondent for Vanity Fair for twenty-five years, and the host of the television series Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice. He passed away in 2009 after completing Too Much Money.

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