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My Friend Anna

The True Story of the Fake Heiress Who Conned Me and Half of New York City
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Sex and the City meets Catch Me If You Can in the astonishing true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City - as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor who got seduced by her friendship and then scammed out of more than $62,000. 

Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams’s new friend, Anna Delvey, a self-proclaimed German heiress, was worldly and ambitious. She was also generous - picking up the tab for lavish dinners at Le Coucou, infrared sauna sessions at HigherDOSE, drinks at the 11 Howard Library bar, and regular workout sessions with a celebrity personal trainer. 

When Anna proposed an all-expenses-paid trip to Marrakech at the five-star La Mamounia hotel, Rachel jumped at the chance. But when Anna’s credit cards mysteriously stopped working, the dream vacation quickly took a dark turn. Anna asked Rachel to begin fronting costs - first for flights, then meals and shopping, and, finally, for their $7,500-per-night private villa. Before Rachel knew it, more than $62,000 had been charged to her credit cards. Anna swore she would reimburse Rachel the moment they returned to New York. 

Back in Manhattan, the repayment never materialized, and a shocking pattern of deception emerged. Rachel learned that Anna had left a trail of deceit - and unpaid bills - wherever she’d been. Mortified, Rachel contacted the district attorney, and in a stunning turn of events, found herself helping to bring down one of the city’s most notorious con artists. 

With breathless pacing and in-depth reporting from the person who experienced it firsthand, My Friend Anna is an unforgettable true story of money, power, greed, and female friendship.  

©2019 Rachel DeLoache Williams (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Editorial Review

The con memoir of my dreams

Rachel DeLoache Williams took me on a JOURNEY in her new memoir about being the victim of a highly publicized con. In 2016, Rachel was befriended by a mysterious German heiress called Anna Delvey. On Anna’s treat, they indulged in luxuries like infrared spa treatments, exclusive Soho nightclubs, and a private celebrity trainer. But when the two were vacationing at a lavish Marrakesh resort and Anna’s credit card stopped working, she talked Rachel into "temporarily" covering the $30,000+ tab—with money she didn’t have. Rachel never saw that money again, and it ruined her life. Later, Anna was arrested for defrauding businesses all over New York, and the truth came out that she was living under an assumed identity and had never been an heiress. Rachel holds nothing back in her insider account of the notorious crime, and the result is a thrilling tell-all that I have no doubt will be one of the most talked-about releases this summer! —Rachel S., Audible Editor

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