UPDATE Dec. 28:  “Too Much Money” is Dominick’s dishiest book ever.  He always delivered in his books however this time, posthumously, he gives it his all – celebs and society people are so lightly veiled the reader gets unparallelled insight into the fancy pants lives of the ultra fancy pants. 

The book is as close to being in the Park Avenue sitting rooms and private planes of the rich and famous without getting arrested.  Every turn of the page is an “OMG I can’t believe that was happening” while the public was being spoon-fed the vanilla version from all the media.  Dominick gives us the yummy chocolate dish we want.  Totally great read!!!

Nov. 19:  This week, TheBPlot reprints a pinch of Page Six’s scoop “Novel Bares Dunne’s Secret,about Dominick Dunne’s new book “Too Much Money” in stores Dec. 15.  Only at TheBPlot will you find the exclusive first-scoop storyline details and a first-look at the gorgeous art deco-inspired cover of “Too Much Money.” 

One of the best modern writers – famous for revealing the cracks in high-society’s foundation – Dominick Dunne (a Vanity Fair “must read first” correspondent) passed away this summer, however not before completing potentially one of his most revealing tomes ever, “Too Much Money,” on shelves courtesy of Crown Publishers Dec. 15. 

Page Six: 

Dunne outs himself in a conversation between Dunne’s character, Gus, and Gus’ attorney…

Lawyer: “Oh, you know, that you’re deep in the closet.”

Gus: “Well, maybe I am . . . So what. What you haven’t heard is that I’ve been celibate for almost 20 years.”

Gus: “Yes, I did . . . I feel quite relieved . . . I’m beyond 80 . . . Mustn’t have any more secrets. Can’t die with a secret, you know.  I’m nervous about the kids, even though they’re middle-aged men now.  Not that they don’t already know, I just never talk about it. It’s been a lifelong problem.”

The great Page Six continued, “Old friends of Dunne recall that his lover in the 1970s was Frederick Combs, who starred onstage in “The Boys in the Band” and in the movie version which Dunne produced in 1970 after leaving his wife, Lenny.  “They were very much in love,” said one friend.”

Any avid follower of Dunne might conclude that the character Kyle Cramden is based on former congressman Gary Condit, Konstantin Zacharias is based on Edmund Safra and Perla Zacharias is based on Dunne’s personal experiences with Lily Safra.  Which I looooooove.

TheBPlot First Scoop: 

In “Too Much Money,” Dunne revives the world he first introduced in his mega-bestselling novel “People Like Us”, and brings readers up to date on favorite characters such as Ruby and Elias Renthal, Lil Altemus and, of course, the beloved Gus Bailey. Once again, he invites us to pull up a seat at the most important tables at Swifty’s and venture into the innermost chambers of the Upper East Side’s most sumptuous mansions.

Gus Bailey’s propensity for gossip has finally gotten him into trouble—$11 million worth.  His problems begin when he falls hook, line, and sinker for a fake story from an unreliable source and repeats it on a radio program.  As a result of his flip comments, Gus becomes embroiled in a nasty slander suit brought by Kyle Cramden, the powerful congressman he accuses of being involved in the mysterious disappearance of a young woman.  Gus fears this could mean the end of him.

The stress of the lawsuit makes it difficult for Gus to focus on the novel he has been contracted to write, which is based on the suspicious death of billionaire Konstantin Zacharias.  It is a story that has dominated the party conversations of Manhattan’s chattering classes for more than two years. 

Zacharias’ convicted murderer is behind bars but Gus is not convinced that justice was served.  There are too many unanswered questions, such as why a paranoid man who was usually accompanied by bodyguards was without protection the very night he perished in a tragic fire. 

Konstantin’s hot-tempered widow, Perla, is obsessed with climbing the social ladder and, as a result, she will do anything to suppress this potentially damaging story and Gus is convinced she is the only thing standing between him and the truth.

“Too Much Money” is a dishy, exhilarating, fun, mischievous and compulsively readable tale by the most brilliant society chronicler of our time – the man who knew all the secrets and wasn’t afraid to share them. 

Mr. Dominick Dunne is missed greatly – Vanity Fair is not the same without him. 

RIP, Dominick Dunne (1926 – with a lot of amazing joy brought to a lot of people around the world, in between – 2009)

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