Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
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.
Four years on The New York Times bestseller list
'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
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.