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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Paperback)John Berendt (author)
In the finest traditions of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Berendt's captivating work is as much a survey of small town American life and eccentricity as it is the story of a crime, as the residents of Savannah, Georgia reveal their suspicions about the murder of a local male prostitute.
Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A morose inventor who owns a bottle of poison powerful enough to kill everyone in town. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a 'walking streak of sex'.
These are some of the real residents of Savannah, Georgia, a city whose eccentric mores are unerringly observed - and whose dirty linen is gleefully aired - in this utterly irresistible book. At once a true-crime murder story and a hugely entertaining and deliciously perverse travelogue, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is as bracing and intoxicating as half-a-dozen mint juleps.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 284 g
Dimensions: 197 x 168 x 27 mm
'Elegant and wicked... Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil might be the first true-crime book that makes the reader want to book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at the scene of the crime.' - The New York Times Book Review
'The best non-fiction novel since In Cold Blood and a lot more entertaining.' - Edmund White
'Enthralling.' - Independent
'Berendt - and the reader - are in travel-writer heaven ... this is a book which leaves you amused, spooked and introduced to a new piece of America.' - Independent on Sunday
'Perfect storytelling - wildly funny, occasionally alarming and utterly enthrallin' - Daily Telegraph
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