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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 400 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.

©2010 Maureen Orth (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"[An] exhaustive deconstruction of Andrew Cunanan's five murders.... The breadth and thoroughness of Orth's research are often staggering." ( The New York Times)
"A fascinatingly detailed account." ( USA Today)
"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)

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ONE OF THE BEST TRUE CRIME BOOKS IN MY LIBRARY!

Journalist, Maureen Ann Orth wrote this great true crime story. She also happens to be the wife of the late and great reporter Tim Russert from CBS News. I'm sure everyone remembers the serial killer Andrew Cunanan who besides killing his ex homosexual lovers also murdered Gianni Versace, the famous designer. Ms. Orth traces the tragic life of Andrew and what led up to his horrible killing spree. I could not stop listening to this story, even though I followed it through live news outlets throughout the world twenty years ago. NOTHING IS DATED HERE!

If you are a true crime buff, add VULGAR FAVORS to your Audible Library. Do not let the original publishing date bother you. Sometimes I don't purchase a book for this reason. Keep in mind a great story will always be great. This book is timeless and ranks with THE STRANGER BESIDE ME and HELTER SKELTER, two of the best true crime books ever written. This is the third best true crime story I have ever listened to.

THIS IS A MUST READ!

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5 minutes and I wanted to kill the author.

Unbelievably biased and insulting to Gays , Cops and Crystal users ALL IN UNDER 5 minutes. Her Mother was WRONG Not any damn fool can write a book. This was probably the worst naration , plot outline and surefire lack of any true investigation into her subject. I hope she NEVER tries again .

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Sad.

all of us know at least one person like Andrew cunanan. The one who has done everything seen everything who won ups every story you tell. It just so happens this one turned out to be more of a spree killer than a real serial killer. I don't believe that he not killed Gianni Versace that too many people would know his name but it is a very interesting story the parts about his childhood or a little Bland but the middle and end of the story Earth incredibly well written and very engrossing

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