May 07, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Three Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan Story

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Gary Indiana
, Nonfiction, Pop Culture
We gave it an A-

”America loves a successful sociopath,” explains novelist Gary Indiana in this sardonic, artful reconstruction of the brief life of the party boy who became a media sensation for shooting designer Gianni Versace. Eschewing the often-homophobic tabloid hyperbole surrounding the case, this more personal interpretation is a spellbinding fusion of journalism, social commentary, and novelistic license, based on Indiana’s own research and an insider’s knowledge of the gay scene. Unlike Maureen Orth’s massively reported Cunanan tome, which focused on that final celebrity slaying, in Three Month Fever Indiana zeroes in on the chilling day-to-day banalities that snowballed into a desperate killing ”spree.” It’s an altogether gripping read that’s both terrifying and very sad. A-

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