Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History (Mass Market Paperbound)

Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History

By Maureen Orth

Dell, 9780440225850, 560pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2000

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Description

The inspiration for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the second season of FX's Emmy-winning FX series

Two months before Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by Andrew Cunanan, award-winning journalist Maureen Orth was investigating a major story on the serial killer for Vanity Fair. Culled from interviews with more than four hundred people and insights from thousands of pages of police reports, Orth tells the complete story of Cunanan, his unwitting victims, and the moneyed, hedonistic world in which they lived . . . and died.

In fascinating detail, she reveals how Cunanan met his superstar victim, why police and the FBI repeatedly failed to catch Cunanan, and why other victims' families stonewalled the investigation, as well as the controversial findings of the Versace autopsy report. Here is a gripping odyssey that races across America--from California's wealthy gay underworld to modest Midwestern homes of families mourning the loss of their sons to South Beach and its unapologetic decadence. Vulgar Favors is at once a masterwork of investigative journalism and a riveting account of a sociopath, his crimes, and the mysteries he left along the way.

Praise for Vulgar Favors

" An] exhaustive deconstruction of Andrew Cunanan's five murders . . . The breadth and thoroughness of Orth's research are often staggering."--The New York Times

"Fascinating . . . ripe with chilling detail . . . paints a disturbing picture."--Entertainment Weekly

"A fascinatingly detailed account."--USA Today

"It will hook you from the first page and never let you go."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth might be called the complete Cunanan. . . . She has] an indefatigable hunger to know everything."--Chicago Tribune

"A detailed page-turner."--St. Paul Pioneer Press

"An exceptionally good account of suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan's spree in 1997 . . . Orth tells this twisted story with grace and courage."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Orth has an inviting, readable style."--Oakland Tribune

"The definitive book on the July 15, 1997 murder of Versace."--Sun-Sentinel

"An exhilarating journalistic chronicle of Cunanan's crime and flight . . . The book is charged with adrenaline and the pages just seem to turn themselves."--Lesbian and Gay New York


About the Author

Maureen Orth is a special correspondent to Vanity Fair. Her award-winning work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Vogue, New York, Rolling Stone, and Esquire. She lives in Washington, D.C.


Praise For Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History

"Breathless...a page-turner...Orth's exhaustive research and wealth of details make vulgar favors as hard to turn away from as a top-drawer horror movie....It will hook you from the first page and never let you go."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"[An] exhaustive deconstruction of Andrew Cunanan's five murders...the breadth and thoroughness of Orth's research are often staggering."
--The New York Times

"Fascinating... ripe with chilling detail...it paints a disturbing picture."
--Entertainment Weekly

"A fascinatingly detailed account."
--USA Today

"Orth tells this twisted story with grace and courage."
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Mesmerizing."
--Oakland Tribune

"Fascinating."
--Don Imus

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