Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1994)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has been heralded as a "lyrical work of nonfiction," and the book's extremely graceful prose depictions of some of Savannah, Georgia's most colorful eccentrics -- remarkable characters who could have once prospered in a William Faulkner novel or Eudora Welty short story -- were certainly a critical factor in its tremendous success. (One resident into whose orbit Berendt fell, the Lady Chablis, went on to become a minor celebrity in her own right.) But equally important was Berendt's depiction of Savannah socialite Jim Williams as he stands trial for the murder of Danny Hansford, a moody, violence-prone hustler -- and sometime companion to Williams -- characterized by locals as a "walking streak of sex." So feel free to call it a "true crime classic" without a trace of shame.

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