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A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute. Director: Ulu Grosbard. From metacritic. Robert Duvall Movies. Best of Priest Movies. Vudu Wishlist. Share this Rating Title: True Confessions 6.

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Falling in Love Flannery O'connor would approve. In the end they reconcile, proclaiming themselves just "a couple of Harps. More to the point, they were just a couple of Americans.

Dunne's Los Angeles seems to spring from a relentless anger. A pox on both their houses. Oct 21, Karen rated it did not like it Shelves: never-gonna-read. And in it, I think there is almost every racial slur. I just can't get past it to read the story. It stops me every time. I know that is a product of my time, and the characters are just being in theirs, and if it were sprinkled, I could maybe read it. And maybe they don't mean them as slurs, it's just categorizing for them, but they are slurs now. So, hard to read and get past, additionally, or tangentially, not that interesting.

Apr 04, billy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: angelinos, catholics, guys who wana feel like men. True Confessions made me wanna get my hands dirty in the bowels of a city.

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Since I wasn't about to sign up for the police academy, I did the next best thing: I started searching for an apartment in the nitty-grittiest spot I could think of in downtown Portland Voodoo Donuts. Feb 17, Jennifer rated it liked it.

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Definitely a classic of the hard-boiled variety, based on the famous Black Dahlia murder in s LA. The language is harsh and violent and the characters aren't very likable but the comparison of the scandal-plagued, wildly corrupt LA police department with the innerworkings and politics of the city's Catholic churches is very interesting.

Turns out - they're not so different. Nov 12, Steve Gross rated it really liked it. A cross between a novel, a police procedural and a mystery. Set in LA in This is the crudest book I have ever read - filled with profanity, racism and sexual terminology. Very irish and very Catholic to the point where I did not understand some of the religious references. Still, a very compelling story about good and evil. View all 3 comments. Jun 29, Lenny Husen rated it it was amazing. It is sad, awful at times and deals with damaged people leading damaged lives for as long as they can.

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It is one of the best written novels I have read--truly reaches the unforgettable level. It was written in the 's with the story taking place in the late 's, and is written in the Crime Noir style. The N-word is not used in this book but there are many other less volatile racial slurs for African Americans and Jews and Italians. The racism and sexism in this book was hilariously shocking, horrifying and clearly ironic. Therein lies John Gregory Dunne's genius--very few writers could have pulled that off. The only character in the book to triumph in the end is an African American, portrayed as extremely intelligent, decent, and dedicated.

The Title has a least 4 meanings: The first meaning is an ironic reference to the magazine for young women which was first published in , the second meaning is a reference to the Catholic Confessional, and the third to criminals confessing in the course of Police Work, and the fourth, to the honest admissions we make to ourselves and to others if we have an intimate enough relationship with that person.

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There is a homicide case that proves to be the downfall of one of them, and the shame of the other. I won't lie--this is a dark book, but a very worthy read. If you liked Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner I didn't , you will also like True Confessions which I liked because of the laugh out loud shocking humour. Tom is not a very good man. He treats the women in his life pretty shabbily. He always puts his needs first. Tom's fear of intimacy and inability to attain it while still craving it at some level made him a tragic figure. So if you are a woman, and any man has ever slapped you or abandoned you or didn't text you back, and if you want to forgive that man or at least endeavor to understand him so that you can let him go forever--Tom just might help you to do that.

Mar 04, Becky Loader rated it really liked it. After I saw the movie, "True Confessions," I had to get the book to compare. Very loosely based on the Black Dahlia murder in the 's, Dunne describes post-war L. The relationship between the two "harp" I had never heard this term brothers, a monsignor and a police lieutenant, is very interesting. Feb 28, Ben rated it it was amazing. The hardest of hard-boiled novels--made all the harder by its moments of restraint--a masterwork of grit, suspense, and narrative control, not to mention a wonderful evocation of Los Angeles and a near-definitive dictionary of racial slurs and terms for female anatomy.

While it can be tough to swallow in places, that's also the art of it. George Pelecanos points out in the introduction that the reader is free to judge the characters if they want, but the author refuses to. What makes The hardest of hard-boiled novels--made all the harder by its moments of restraint--a masterwork of grit, suspense, and narrative control, not to mention a wonderful evocation of Los Angeles and a near-definitive dictionary of racial slurs and terms for female anatomy.

What makes this book so compulsively readable is not the murder mystery, though that's tantalizing enough: a young woman chopped up and left on a street corner, a la the Black Dahlia. The further we go in this story, the more we realize that the solution doesn't matter. This is a crime from which it is impossible to extract justice, a crime that by its nature can only divide and separate and bifurcate those who come in contact with it.

From the outset, True Confessions defeats our expectations. We're accustomed, these days, to detective stories in which the sad-sack, gruffly likeable investigator doggedly, obsessively pursues the killer. For our detective, Tom Spellacy, solving the case is the last thing on his mind most of the time.

He's got other problems. Rather than casing suspicious locales or staying up all night digging through old files, or whatever it is a fictional detective should do, he's eating lunch at the Biltmore and going to the fights and doing little favors for his pals, like moving a priest's corpse out of a brothel.

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