Press Release: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
A Savannah Story

John Berendt

With a new introduction by the author for this edition

‘‘The first true-crime book that makes the reader want to call a travel agent and book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at the scene of the crime.’
new york times

As author of the longest-standing New York Times non-fiction bestseller, John Berendt introduced the true-crime genre to a wider audience with his spellbinding descriptions of Savannah and its bounty of flamboyant characters ripe for their literary debut. Berendt first visited Savannah on a whim; a break from work to a city with a nice-sounding name. However, in the space of just a few days he fell in love with the city and kept returning until it became his permanent home. This affection is apparent on every page and this new Folio edition is illustrated with images of his beloved city approved by the author.

Berendt’s meticulously researched work goes far beyond the realm of a real-life whodunit. Although based around the high-profile murder of a male prostitute, the crime itself plays a supporting role to the southern gothic charm of Savannah with its rambling garden squares, antebellum mansions and dilapidated terraces. Geographically isolated, the historic Georgia city is full of eccentrics, socialites and miscreants, as well as a collection of basement clubs, workaday diners and quirky societies that are hot-beds of gossip. Berendt’s honed journalistic instincts lead him directly to Savannah’s most interesting individuals, while his affable demeanour results in warm welcomes from the LGBT community, Savannah high society and even The Married Woman’s Card Club.

Four decades after his first visit, Berendt returned to his story for the specially written introduction that provides an intriguing and nostalgic update on the characters and city that enthralled a generation. Many people were still living there, with some having gained celebrity status following the book’s incredible success.

Product information
Bound in blocked paper with an inset printed label. Set in Albertina. 376 pages. 10 integrated black & white photographs. Plain slipcase. 9½˝ x 6¼˝.

UK £44.95 US $69.95 Can $85.00 Aus $89.95


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