Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Posted: July 8, 2013 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author: John Berendt

Paperback, 386 pages

Published in 1994 by Vintage Books

Reader Category: Older

From the Publisher: 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.

My Review:  First of all, it’s hard to believe that the characters in this book are real!  This is not a work of fiction, but based on true events.  I am not sure that any author could have created more colorful characters themselves!  I was completely pulled in by this intriguing tale and the masterful storytelling of John Berendt that bring this book to life.


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