Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
By John Berendt
Four years on The New York Times bestseller list
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.
- Other details
- ISBN: 9780340992852
- Publication date: 03 Sep 2009
- Page count: 400
John Berendt is a journalist and former editor of New York magazine. His first book, MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, was an international bestseller. He lives in New York.
'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' — Robert Winder, 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' — Mark Lawson, Independent on Sunday
'Perfect storytelling - wildly funny, occasionally alarming and utterly enthralling' — Moira Shearer, Daily Telegraph