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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Savannah Unveiled

Updated on March 5, 2014

My dear cousin, Jay, came to visit me one time and brought along a new book he was reading. When he was done, Jay signed the front cover with his name and handed me his treasured copy of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. He assured me that I would love it as much as he did, and, he was right. Jay asked only that I sign the front cover with my own name when I was done, and pass this hardcover book onto someone else, which I did. I don't recall who I passed the book onto, but I asked that they do the same - sign the front and pass it on. So, if you happen to find a copy of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil with the names 'Jay' and 'Lori', you've wandered across our much cherished book. This book by John Berendt must be put on your list of reads if it's not already.

  • The gorgeous black drag queen, Lady Chablis (named after her sister who died in utero). Lady Chablis could be a book in her own right.
  • A man who glues strings to the backs of flies and 'walks' them around town
  • A man who claims he has enough poison in one small vial to poison the city's water supply and kill ever inhabitant, young and old
  • And, my personal favorite character, a man who walks an invisible dog for 20 years.

Among these characters, Berendt then tells the dark tale of a murder which occurred in a gorgeous mansion on one of the toniest of Savannah's squares.

That's as much of the story as I'm willing to give away.

I've heard that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was made into a movie yet I've never seen it. I will now that I just reread the book during one of my recent travels. Sadly, I bought the Kindle book although I much would have preferred to plunk down the money on another hardback and send it on its way the same way Jay and I did previously.

Anyway, if you like a good true life murder, here's a few more choices that I've personally read and truly enjoyed. I've also added a link to the movie below.

Midnight in Garden of Good & Evil
Midnight in Garden of Good & Evil

Here's the movie version of Midnight.

Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder
Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder

Perhaps one of the most chilling of murders, Diane Downs deserves to be exactly where she is - in prison on a life sentence for killing her own children.

And the Sea Will Tell
And the Sea Will Tell

Vincent Bugliosi's first trial as D.A. was to against Charles Manson. We're lucky that Mr. Bugliosi turned into an author also. This is a fascinating read of 2 people who disappeared off a mostly deserted island.


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      Donna Cook 4 years ago

      Great lens! The movie is fantastic but I don't know how closely it follows the book.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I've never read this, though the movie was pretty popular. Your description and the odd characters make it sound very intriguing. On the list it goes! Glad you shared it.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Your poll question was difficult for me to answer: I love three of the types of books you listed, murder mysteries, true life crime, and science fiction. Love the idea of passing a book on with your name on the cover! Thanks for sharing this adventure, and yes, I will read the book.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      I saw the movie, Lori. You won't be disappointed.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Ok, now you've got me intrigued. This sounds like a fabulous book!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I do believe I've seen this movie, just can't recall it; your story of the signed book reminds a little (not the same story of course) of the movie 'Definitely Maybe'