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Nothing Lost by John Gregory Dunne
Nothing Lost is set in a fictional Plains state amid the media frenzy surrounding a trial where two white men are accused with the brutal killing of a black drifter. The story is narrated by Max Cline, a Jewish man kicked out of the state's attorney's office because of his homosexuality. One of the murder suspects agrees to give testimony against the other. The supermodel half-sister of one of the men, in attempt to profit from the media storm, hires celebrated lawyer and victims' rights advocate Teresa Kean to defend him. She enlists Max's help as they go up against Max's former boss in the prosecutor's office, whose right-wing politician wife also hopes to prosper from the case. That's just the bare outlines of John Gregory Dunne's final novel (he passed away in December 2003), where everyone has a secret or hidden agenda and all sacred cows are to be skewered on the altar of satire. Nothing Lost has received positive reviews as one of Dunne's best works. The Washington Post says, "Few writers could hope to check out on so clear and rich a note as John Gregory Dunne strikes in Nothing Lost."