Depraved Indifference by Gary Indiana

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Gary Indiana, a "huge satirical talent" (New York Times), brings us a darkly comic novel fueled by the virtuoso con artist Evangeline Slote and her extravagant life of chicanery and petty crime. She thrives on seduction, manipulation, and the humiliation of everybody in her orbit. And she has a genius for generating chaos and panic among her real and imaginary enemies.

Until her conviction on slavery charges brought against her by several ungrateful Mexican housemaids, Evangeline, a dead ringer for Elizabeth Taylor, lives in perpetual motion. She and her husband, Warren, a self-made real estate mogul at the end of a long alcoholic decline, breezily shift from Las Vegas to Hawaii to Nassau, torching their homes for insurance money, dabbling in myriad forms of financial fraud, and constantly altering their identities to evade the law.

When Warren dies, Evangeline is desperate to jump-start yet another new life, bankrolled by Warren's far-flung and hard-to-locate assets, while keeping his death secret from the world at large, but particularly from his "former children," her stepchildren and the beneficiaries of his will. Fortunately, she has an eager accomplice in Devin, her fanatically devoted and easily manipulated son.

Surrounded by a cohort of burnouts, hapless suckers, and fellow grifters, Evangeline cooks up the ultimate con. To complete the intricate scheme, she will stop at nothing, including murder.

Depraved Indifference is a dissection of the mind of a charismatic sociopath and a satire of the society that appeases and abets her. With razor-fine insight, Gary Indiana, "one of the most important chroniclers of the modern psyche," (The Guardian) wields his scathing, insightful prose with authority and to devastating effect.

 

About Gary Indiana

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Gary Indiana is a celebrated novelist and essayist. His books include "Rent Boy, Resentment: A Comedy", and "Three Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan Story".
 
Published January 1, 2001 by HarperCollins. 336 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Moving on the fringes of the American West—Arizona, Hawaii—they seek their marks, ranging from Evangeline's husband Warren (whose illegal activities and confidence schemes pale in comparison to those of his spouse) to her somewhat loyal employees to drifters whose usefulness Evangeline can size u...

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Evangeline's desire is to live as a self-styled queen, and she usually takes her marks (their identities, assets, lives and all) while looking for ways to set up tacky palaces on someone else's tab.

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Entertainment Weekly

But Evangeline is a character with real star power, a woman ''who could play the mark 'like Chopin played the piano.''' B Originally posted Feb 08, 2002 Published in issue #638 Feb 08, 2002 Order article reprints

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London Review of Books

His fourth and fifth novels both contained accounts of real multiple murders, along with real bondage, real child abuse and real drugs.

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