This was supposedly a true story of a murder that happened in Savannah in the 80s. A rich, homosexual, antique dealer is accused of killing young Danny Handsford, an employee of his. First of all, I had a real hard time believing this book is actually non-fiction. Secondly, if it was Fiction, it would be terrible. I DID like the information about Savannah and how it related to the rest of the south and the rest of the country for that matter. That was very interesting. I Thought the book tended to be slow in some parts. I thought there were parts of this book that had nothing at all to do with the actual story. Like the Alpha Ball. It was an interesting part of the book but I am sitting here wondering why the author felt the need to put it in. I am glad I read this, but I am also glad I am done.
New Orleans has nothing on Savannah as far as eccentrics go, I liked the minor characters better than I did the main character, although it is a good murder story. (I did keep seeing and hearing Kevin Spacey as I read.)
Quick, rather compulsive, if not entirely satisfying read. There are, as noted by other reviewers, many interesting characters, and the portrait of Savannah is indeed compelling. I found myself wanting to visit. But the "plot" is rather thin, and only about half the book is actually concerned with it. The rest is sort of dressing. I wouldn't characterize the book so much as a mystery but rather as a quirky portrait of a place and its inhabitants, at a specific moment in time, in which the story of a murder is embedded. I ripped through the book in a couple of days, but I'm quite happy to be reposting it, as I certainly wouldn't read it it again.
This is a strange book with really weird people. Hard to believe it is a true story. I believe it has a lot of "fill." Liked the historical part regarding Savannah. I would not recommend it. Too many good books waiting to be read rather than wasting time on this one.
John Berendt, a writer from New York, began taking trips to Savannah, GA on a whim. What began as quick weekend trips became longer and longer stays until he had slowly began spending more time in Savannah than in NYC. As Berendt becomes more a part of Savannah society, he finds himself immersed in an eccentric cast of characters: a voodoo priestess, a black drag queen, an inventor with unusual habits, and a man accused of murder.
You will be hooked on this 'true crime' book that follows a murder mystery in amongst the dignified and shrouded society of Savannah. Berendt's journalistic-style writing lends itself well to the descriptions and the mannerisms of those he meets and mingles with. Slow-going in the beginning, it's easy to get caught up in the small-town feuds, gossip and social circles that make up this true tale.