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Three month fever : the Andrew Cunanan story

by Indiana, Gary,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HV6248.C77 I53 2017
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HV6248.C77 I53 2017
A sardonic and artful reconstruction of the brief life of the party boy who became a media sensation for shooting Gianni Versace.

It was suddenly chic to be "targeted" by Andrew.... It also became chic to claim a deep personal friendship with Versace, to infer that one might, but for a trick of fate, have been with Versace at the very moment of his "assassination," as it had once been chic to reveal one's invitation to Cielo Drive in the evening of the Tate slayings, an invitation only declined because of car trouble or a previous engagement ...
--from Three Month Fever

First published in 1999, Gary Indiana's Three Month Fever is the second volume of his famed crime trilogy, now being republished by Semiotext(e). (The first, Resentment, reissued in 2015, was set in a Menendez trial-era L.A.) In this brilliant and gripping hybrid of narrative and reflection, Indiana considers the way the media's hypercoverage transformed Andrew Cunanan's life "from the somewhat poignant and depressing but fairly ordinary thing it was into a narrative overripe with tabloid evil."

"America loves a successful sociopath," Indiana explains. This sardonic and artful reconstruction of the brief life of the party boy who became a media sensation for shooting Gianni Versace is a spellbinding fusion of journalism, social commentary, and novelistic projection. By following Cunanan's notorious "trail of death," Indiana creates a compelling portrait of a brilliant, charismatic young man whose pathological lies made him feel more like other people--and more interesting than he actually was. Born in a working-class exurb of San Diego and educated at an elite private school, Cunanan strove to "blend in" with the upscale gay male scene in La Jolla. He ended up crazed and alone, eventually embarking on a three-month killing spree that took the lives of five men, including that of Versace, before killing himself in a Miami boathouse, leaving behind a range of unanswerable questions and unsolvable mysteries.

"Gary Indiana belongs to a special breed of American urban writers who take cool pleasure in dissecting the lives of the rich and ugly and is possibly the most jaded chronicler of them all. On a good day, he makes Bret Easton Ellis look like Enid Blyton, yet many, myself included, think he might have already written the Great America Novel(s)."
-- Christopher Fowler, The Independent

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Indiana's take on gay serial killer Cunanan is, he says, a pastiche made out of police reports, interviews, commentary, and imaginative realization of principals in the events reported. Parceled into many brief chapters, it is also a pastiche resembling the montage construction of a movie--a nightmarish film noir. Cunanan was the coddled youngest of five children, considered bright because of an eidetic memory and therefore sent to a private high school, affordable because dad was embezzling. There Cunanan acquired well-heeled friends and manufactured a grand pedigree for himself. A college dropout after dad skipped the country to avoid prison, Cunanan came out gay, flashy, and big-spending. To finance the act, he maxed-out credit cards, illicitly dealt prescription drugs, and eventually hooked up with a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, only increasingly extreme bondage scenes gave him sexual satisfaction, although he was neither a prostitute nor promiscuous. In fact, he was never anything, really, and when his pretentions became obnoxious, and the old man dumped him, he quickly, murderously cracked up. Except for sniping at the news media and occasionally stating when he is interpretively out on a limb, Indiana stays aloof from the story. His novelistic depiction of the glitzy-sleazy world of gay high-rollers is as impressive as his eerie evocation of Cunanan, making his somewhat experimental book a distinctive alternative to Vulgar Favors, Maureen Orth's Newsweek-excerpted, more Versace-obsessed tome (Indiana is skeptical about how well Cunanan knew his designer-victim), which was unavailable for advance reviews. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0060191457Ray Olson"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Semiotext(e) native agents series.
Subjects Cunanan, Andrew, -- 1969-1997.
Serial murderers -- United States -- Biography.
Gay men -- Crimes against -- United States.
Publisher South Pasadena, CA :2017
Other Titles 3 month fever
Language English
Description 319 pages ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781584351986
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