EXCERPT: 'Too Much Money,' by Dominick Dunne

I've noticed that concurrent with the growth of my public popularity, there is a small but powerful group of people who are beginning, or have already begun, to despise me. Elias Renthal, still in federal prison in Las Vegas as this story begins, is one of my despisers. Countess Stamirsky, Zita Stamirsky to her very few friends, is another who despises me after I refused to not write about her son's suicide from a heroin overdose while he was wearing women's clothes at the family castle in Antwerp.

And, of course, there is Perla Zacharias, allegedly the third richest woman in the world, who had me followed by investigators trained by the Mossad in Israel who collected information that she later threatened to use against me. That's the kind of person Perla Zacharias is.

I have written about all these powerful people in Park Avenue, or in a novel, and earned their eternal enmity. Their time would come, I always thought. Elias Renthal knew what he was screaming about when he said, "They're going to get you," his face all red and ugly, as he pointed his finger in my face, only moments before he collapsed on the floor of the men's room of the Butterfield Club.

Excerpted from TOO MUCH MONEY by Dominick Dunne, Copyright © 2009

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