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In 1940s Los Angeles, an unidentified murder victim is found bisected in a shadowy lot. A catchy nickname is given her in jest--"The Virgin Tramp"--and suddenly a "nice little homicide that would have drifted off the front pages in a couple of days" becomes a storm center.

Two brothers, Tom and Des Spellacy, are at the heart of this powerful novel of Irish-Catholic life in Southern California just after World War II. Played in the film version by Robert Duvall and Robert De Niro respectively, Tom is a homicide detective and Des is a priest on the rise within the Church. The murder investigation provides the background against which are played the ever changing loyalties of the two brothers. Theirs is a world of favors and fixes, power and promises, inhabited by priests and pimps, cops and contractors, boxers and jockeys and lesbian fight promoters and lawyers who know how to put the fix in.

A fast-paced and often hilarious classic of contemporary fiction, True Confessions is about a crime that has no solutions, only victims. More important, it is about the complex relationship between Tom and Des Spellacy, each tainted with the guilt and hostility that separate brothers.

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Hardback Editions

April 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: True Confessions
Author(s): John Gregory Dunne
ISBN: 0-297-77416-6 / 978-0-297-77416-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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September 1977 : USA Hardback
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Title: True Confessions: A Novel
Author(s): John Gregory Dunne
ISBN: 0-525-22365-7 / 978-0-525-22365-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bookthrift Co
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Paperback Editions

December 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: True Confessions: A Novel
Author(s): John Gregory Dunne
ISBN: 1-56025-815-2 / 978-1-56025-815-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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December 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: True Confessions (Classic Noir)
Author(s): John Gregory Dunne
ISBN: 1-874061-93-9 / 978-1-874061-93-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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February 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: True Confessions
Author(s): Dunne
ISBN: 0-671-49809-6 / 978-0-671-49809-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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February 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: True Confessions
Author(s): John Gregory Dunne
ISBN: 0-671-65874-3 / 978-0-671-65874-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books (Mm)
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1981 : UK Paperback

Title: True Confessions
Author(s): John Gregory Dunne
ISBN: 0-7088-1976-1 / 978-0-7088-1976-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Futura
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1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: True Confessions
Author(s): John Gregory Dunne
ISBN: 0-671-42228-6 / 978-0-671-42228-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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April 1979 : UK Paperback

Title: True Confessions (Circus Books)
Author(s): John Gregory Dunne
ISBN: 0-7088-1565-0 / 978-0-7088-1565-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Futura Publications
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1978 : USA Paperback
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Title: True confessions
Author(s): Dunne John Gregory
ISBN: 0-671-81988-7 / 978-0-671-81988-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: True Confessions: A Novel
Author(s): John Gregory Dunne
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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