Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author(s): John Berendt

General Fiction

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.


It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else.


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.


Available Stock:

Add to Cart

Click & Collect

Add to Wishlist

Product Information

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780340992852
  • : Hodder & Stoughton
  • : Sceptre
  • : 0.272
  • : September 2009
  • : 198mm X 130mm X 27mm
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : oc2009054361
  • : 364.152309758724
  • : en
  • : Paperback
  • : John Berendt