Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt [Non-fiction] In this book, the reader is taken on a personal architectural and anthropological tour of Savannah, Georgia, just around the time of a murder and subsequent trial, which spanned the 1980s. The residents lived in their respective and mutual bubbles of eccentricity, which infused with Southern quintessence, make this a charming read, despite the morose subject.

A man was tried 4 times for the same crime, but there isn't much by way of new evidence, so this is not so much a crime/detection story, but rather about high-society Savannah. The setting is not unlike that of a local news story, in which a long and drawn out criminal trial makes the news from time to time. People go on their daily lives, much of the initial hubris and outcry forgotten until it is stirred up again in the media. Such is the nature of this book. It had also been made into a movie bearing the same title.