Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author: John Berendt

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307538370

Category: True Crime

Page: 400

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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.

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author: Marilyn J. Bardsley

Publisher: Rosetta Books

ISBN: 0795333439

Category: True Crime

Page: 220

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The #1 Wall Street Journal ebook bestseller about the murder that shocked Savannah society and inspired the blockbuster film. As a premier antiques dealer in Savannah, Jim Williams had it all: style, culture, charisma, and sophistication. But three decades of hard work came crashing down the night he shot Danny Hansford, his wild young lover. Jim Williams stood trial four times over the next decade for premeditated murder. While Clint Eastwood’s movie—starring Kevin Spacey and Jude Law—and the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, exotic characters, they missed the surprising dark side of Jim Williams himself. He was a smooth predator whose crimes could have put him behind bars long before the death of Danny Hansford. After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is Marilyn Bardsley’s continuation of the story, which includes crucial testimony recreating the courtroom drama between a gifted prosecutor and a brilliant defense attorney as they battle over the future of a self-made aristocrat. More than forty photos and revealing insider interviews bring new life to the vivid cast of characters in this unique southern crime story. “[A] provocative summer read.” —Savannahnow.com


A Year in the Garden of Good and Evil, 1999 Calendar

Author: Random House,John Berendt

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780375751752

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Page: N.A

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-- A Savannah calendar by the author of the best-selling book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. -- 12 vibrant portraits of buildings and settings that bring the beguiling city of Savannah to life -- 2 million copies of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in print! -- 3 years on The New York Times bestseller list! -- Now a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack!

Lawyer Games

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author: Dep Kirkland

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1457539454

Category: True Crime

Page: 412

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In the early morning of May 2, 1981, Danny Hansford was shot dead by James Williams with a World War II vintage Luger in a historic Savannah mansion. For the next eight-and-a-half years, through four murder trials and intrigue which reached the highest levels of Georgia politics—including a former governor and the Georgia Supreme Court—lawyers battled over whether the 50-year-old Williams shot the 21-year-old Hansford in self-defense. The case inspired a best-selling book and a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Dep Kirkland, who arrived at the scene when Hansford’s body was still on the floor, Lawyer Games is the true story of this remarkable case. Kirkland, the Chief Assistant DA at the time, made the decision to arrest Williams and tried the first of four murder trials alongside the district attorney. His firsthand knowledge allows him not only to deeply analyze the murder case but also to expose the legal mischief spawned when a defendant facing unshakable physical evidence possesses almost unlimited funds. True crime aficionados will be drawn to the two stories told in the book: The riveting story of the case, its evidence (including facts never heard in the courtroom), trials and results, and the incredible eight-year campaign to beat a murder rap no matter what, with a look behind the curtain at a darker side of the American criminal justice system.

"What's Your Favorite Song?"

The Life, Family and Music of George and Emma Kelly

Author: G. Ross Kelly

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496969561

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 230

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If you enjoyed reading about “The Lady of 6,000 Songs” in the best seller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” you will love going behind the scenes to learn more about how the remarkable entertainer and her husband successfully juggled their marriage, her Hall of Fame music career, his sign business, and at the same time, raise ten children. Though Emma Kelly was mostly known as the piano player who could seemingly play any song ever written, the close friend and collaborator of songwriter Johnny Mercer is revealed in “What’s Your Favorite Song?” to have achieved even greater accomplishments as a wife and mother. Learn how she and her husband overcame challenges and hardships through the Great Depression, a World War, and through the baby boom years to raise ten children who would become an integral part of her musical performances and, later, successful college-educated adults. Author Ross Kelly chronicles a firsthand account of a nonstop, whirlwind family music fest that will border on feeling out of control, only in the end to reveal a loving, close-knit family guided by their commitment to one another, their love of music, and a foundation of principles employed by his parents to guide and shape his life and the lives of his nine brothers and sisters. Far beyond being about a large musical family growing up in South Georgia in the 1960s, “What’s Your Favorite Song?” could almost serve as a guide for how families of any size, anywhere, can successfully manage their own challenges of juggling relationships, careers, and children. “Emma Kelly was known as ‘The Lady of Six Thousand Songs,’ but she could also have been called the Lady of Six Million Fans, among whom I enthusiastically include myself. Read this affectionate tribute by her son Ross, and you will understand why.” John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. What makes the Kellys such an intriguing family? On the surface, it was thought that it was simply the musical genius and celebrity of Emma Kelly, the famed ‘Lady of 6,000 Songs.’ But there seemed to be more, much more. Was it the added dimension of how she and her husband together raised ten children, each of whom was an active participant in the Kelly family music shows performed around south Georgia during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s? Or was it the unusual, but seemingly highly effective formula George and Emma Kelly employed to balance their two careers, their marriage, and raise each of their children to become college educated and successful adults, and instill an almost unheard of closeness between each of them that continues to this day? Or is it that the family legacy that George and Emma Kelly left, today now numbers close to 100 members, all of whom carry on that same tradition of a devotion to music and family that began almost eighty years ago. Perhaps it is all of those factors... and even more.

Midnight in Savannah

A Novel

Author: Darwin Porter

Publisher: Blood Moon Productions, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780966803013

Category: Fiction

Page: 498

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An artfully brutal saga of corruption, greed, sexual tension and murder, highlighted by the eccentrics of the deep South make this a compulsive read. By the best-selling author of Butterflies In Heat.

Dining in the Garden of Good Eats

Cooking With the Book That Made Savannah Famous

Author: Deborah Sullivan,Shane Sullivan

Publisher: Father & Son Pub

ISBN: 9780942407815

Category: Cooking

Page: 258

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Dining in the Garden of Good Eats offers recipes from award winning Savannah restaurants, cafes, inns, the NOGS (those that choose to stay North of Gaston Street), The Married Women's Card Club and many other purveyors of our famous cuisine. So, you can now take the flavor of Savannah home with you to enjoy forever.A valuable guide to entertaining, this book allows you to serve the recipes of celebrated Savannah chefs, making you a success with your own guests. Some of the participating restaurants included in the book are: Lady and Sons featuring Paula Deen of The Food Network, Elizabeth's on 37th Street, Clary's - a local favorite, and two of Savannah's oldest and most famous restaurants, The Pirates' House and Mrs Wilkes Boarding House.Also, the book serves as a handy visitors' guide as you walk the historic streets where local points of interest are highlighted on a convenient tour map. Hear about historic Savannah, Georgia along with the Savannahian traditions, such as the history of “The Birdgirl Statue,” the former centerpiece of the Trosdal family plot in the legendary Bonaventure Cemetery. This cookbook features many fun facts and trivia taken from the bestselling book and motion picture, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt, which influenced the publishing of this fine cookbook.The authors compile highlights from top “Midnight attractions and present creative ideas for your own “Midnight” theme party. This treasure even records ghostly sightings reported by many visitors of the most haunted places in Savannah. As a recent customer said, “it's like a mini- sequel to “Midnight.” The cookbook is a must read for those who love good food and are interested in the history of one of the beautiful Early American cities in the country

Tiergarten - In the Garden of Beasts

Ein amerikanischer Botschafter in Nazi-Deutschland

Author: Erik Larson

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 345585107X

Category: History

Page: 480

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Berlin, 1933. William E. Dodd kommt als Botschafter nach Deutschland. Zunächst recht unkritisch, verkehren er und seine Tochter Martha mit hochrangigen Nazis und besuchen deren schillernde Partys. Doch die Schatten werden immer dunkler - bis zur blutigen »Nacht der langen Messer«, in der ein Ausbruch von Gewalt und Hass endgültig Hitlers skrupellose Ambitionen offenbart. Er ist nicht Roosevelts erste Wahl, doch da sich kein anderer Kandidat findet, wird der gutmütige Geschichtsprofessor Dodd nach Berlin geschickt. Dieser muss sich nicht nur mit den merkwürdigen Entwicklungen in Deutschland auseinandersetzen, sondern auch einem intriganten, politisch gleichgültigen State Department entgegentreten. Unterdessen ist Martha verzückt von den Partys und dem Pomp - und den hübschen jungen Nazis. Doch als sich Attacken auf Juden häufen, die Presse der Zensur unterworfen wird, Entwürfe von beängstigenden Gesetzen in den Umlauf kommen und schließlich in der »Nacht der langen Messer« Hitlers wahre Absichten offenbar werden, müssen die Dodds die Gefahr erkennen. Atemberaubend temporeich erzählt, mit unvergesslichen Porträts der neuen Herren von Deutschland, zeigt das Buch aus der Perspektive von externen Augenzeugen die Machtergreifung der Nazis in einem neuen Licht - und gibt Einblick, warum die Welt die ernste Bedrohung durch Hitler erst wahrnahm, als Berlin und Europa von Blut und Terror überschwemmt wurden.

Hiding My Candy

Author: The lady Chablis,Theodore Bouloukos

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671520954

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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The personal story of the famous drag queen from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" describes an abuse-marked childhood, character development, rise to stardom, and secrets of survival

Aim for the Heart

The Films of Clint Eastwood

Author: Howard Hughes

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857730479

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Clint Eastwood is one of the world’s most popular action stars,who has matured into a fine American producer-director. Entertaining, illuminating and packed with information, up to and including The Changeling, this is the first book to cover his full life in the movies, from his beginnings in 1950s B-movies and in TV’s Rawhide to Gran Torino showing how as both actor and filmmaker Eastwood aims for the heart of the drama, whatever the story. Howard Hughes follows Eastwood’s craft through over 50 movies. He looks at his launch into superstardom in Sergio Leone’s 1960s spaghetti westerns. Back in America, he built on his success as western hero with such films as High Plains Drifter and The Outlaw Josey Wales, winning an Oscar for Unforgiven in 1992. He blasted his way through the seventies and eighties as Inspector Harry Francis Callahan, the last hope for law enforcement in San Francisco. He also monkeyed around in two phenomenally popular films with Clyde the orang-utan, which brought tough-guy Eastwood to a whole new audience and made him the biggest box office star of his generation. Aim for the Heart also looks at Eastwood’s more unusual roles, including The Beguiled, The Bridges of Madison County and Million Dollar Baby. Since 1970, he has enjoyed parallel success as directorproducer of his own Malpaso Productions, with Bird, Mystic River and Letters from Iwo Jima, demonstrating formidable directing credentials. Aim for the Heart covers all Eastwood's movies of many genres in detail, and Eastwood’s story is illustrated with film stills, glimpses behind the scenes, and rare poster advertising material. Aim for the Heart also includes the most comprehensive credits filmography has ever compiled on Eastwood’s work, as star and director.

Midnight in the Garden Centre of Good and Evil

Author: Colin Sinclair

Publisher: Abaddon Books

ISBN: 1849979790

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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Miller, fresh from too many pampered years at university, has managed to lose a PhD, a girlfriend, and her father's car. With parents now committed to a regime of find-your-own-way tough love, he's fallen off the fast track to success, and finds himself working in a shabby garden centre on the edge of nowhere. The staff are a collection of dropouts and oddballs, the boss is very shady, and Miller's not sure half the stuff they sell is legal. Still, he's learning to get on with things and make do, finding a brand new path through life, but... an alien invasion disguised as a bright and shiny big-box store from out of town? That really isn't helping. If Miller wants to protect his job and save the world, he's going to have to dig deep and get his hands dirty.

Zodiac

Auf der Spur eines Serienkillers

Author: Robert Graysmith

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641028922

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

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„Ich töte Menschen, weil es mir so viel Spaß macht.“ Jahrelang versetzte ein als Zodiac berühmt gewordener Serienkiller Kalifornien in Angst und Schrecken und spielte mit der Polizei ein grausames Katz-und-Maus-Spiel. Regisseur David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) verfilmt die Geschichte einer unglaublichen Mordserie mit u. a. Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. und Gary Oldman.

Clint Eastwood

Interviews, Revised and Updated

Author: Robert E. Kapsis,Kathie Coblentz

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617036633

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

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Clint Eastwood (b. 1930) is the only popular American dramatic star to have shaped his own career almost entirely through films of his own producing, frequently under his own direction; no other dramatic star has directed himself so often. He is also one of the most prolific active directors, with thirty-three features to his credit since 1971. As a star, he is often recalled primarily for two early roles--the "Man with No Name" of three European-made Westerns, and the uncompromising cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan. But on his own as a director, Eastwood has steered a remarkable course. A film industry insider who works through the established Hollywood system and respects its traditions, he remains an outsider by steadfastly refusing to heed cultural and aesthetic trends in film production and film style. His films as director have examined an eclectic variety of themes, ranging from the artist's life to the nature of heroism, while frequently calling into question the ethos of masculinity and his own star image. Yet they have remained accessible to a popular audience worldwide. With two Best Director and two Best Picture Oscars to his credit, Eastwood now ranks among the most highly honored living filmmakers. These interviews range over the more than four decades of Eastwood's directorial career, with an emphasis on practical filmmaking issues and his philosophy as a filmmaker. Nearly a third are from European sources--several appearing here in English for the first time.

Nancy Hillis: The Vamp of Savannah

As told to Mary Anne Street

Author: Nancy Lee Hillis

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460279719

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 270

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Filled with intrigue and juicy stories, The Vamp of Savannah tells the story of one of Savannah's most colorful characters, Ms. Nancy Hillis. Now with ALS, Miss Hillis is telling the real story of Mandy Nichols, her character in the best selling book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. From her partnership with the piano playing, loving scoundrel Joe Odom in Sweet Georgia Browns, the hot jazz club in Savannah, Georgia; to her escapades with Minerva, the Voodoo Priestess; to her reign as a national beauty queen; and her heartbreaking dealings with the molestation of her son; Nancy tells it all--the good and not so good. You will laugh, cry and be amazed to read the story of this remarkable woman whose motto is "never, never, never give up."

Krumme Type, krumme Type

Author: Tom Franklin

Publisher: Pulp Master

ISBN: 3946582036

Category: Fiction

Page: 402

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Als die neunzehnjährige Tina Rutherford verschwindet, ist jedem in Chabot, Mississippi klar, wer dafür verantwortlich ist. Denn 25 Jahre zuvor war schon die junge Cindy Walker nach einem Date mit dem Nachbarssohn Larry Ott spurlos verschwunden. Für das Verbrechen konnte Larry aus Mangel an Beweisen nie verurteilt werden, wurde aber fortan gemieden und lebte in ritualisierter Einsamkeit. Erneut unter Verdacht, ist sein Haus vermehrt Ziel betrunkener Rednecks; er wird angeschossen und der junge schwarze Constable Silas Jones mit den lästigen Ermittlungen betraut – eine gemeinsame Vergangenheit und ein dunkles Geheimnis verbinden ihn mit Larry. Schon Faulkner wusste, dass sich die Vergangenheit nicht beerdigen lässt, und in Franklins Südstaaten-Roman um Freundschaft, Verrat und Alltagsrassismus brechen alte Wunden auf und offenbaren, dass man, getrieben von Furcht und Feigheit, schlimme Fehler begehen kann.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 5: Language

Author: Michael Montgomery,Ellen Johnson

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469616629

Category: Reference

Page: 248

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The fifth volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores language and dialect in the South, including English and its numerous regional variants, Native American languages, and other non-English languages spoken over time by the region's immigrant communities. Among the more than sixty entries are eleven on indigenous languages and major essays on French, Spanish, and German. Each of these provides both historical and contemporary perspectives, identifying the language's location, number of speakers, vitality, and sample distinctive features. The book acknowledges the role of immigration in spreading features of Southern English to other regions and countries and in bringing linguistic influences from Europe and Africa to Southern English. The fascinating patchwork of English dialects is also fully presented, from African American English, Gullah, and Cajun English to the English spoken in Appalachia, the Ozarks, the Outer Banks, the Chesapeake Bay Islands, Charleston, and elsewhere. Topical entries discuss ongoing changes in the pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar of English in the increasingly mobile South, as well as naming patterns, storytelling, preaching styles, and politeness, all of which deal with ways language is woven into southern culture.

Mord in Wien

Wahre Kriminalfälle

Author: Helga Schimmer

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3852188768

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Der einzig wahre Wien-Krimi! Die Wiener Würgerin, die Frau mit dem Fleischwolf, der Rächer von Stein und der Gerichtsmediziner als Mörder: Die spektakulärsten, schauerlichsten und skurrilsten Kriminalgeschichten Wiens hat das wahre Leben geschrieben. Packend und kenntnisreich erzählt Helga Schimmer von Verbrechen, die sich tatsächlich zugetragen haben vom Haus des Grauens in der Augustinerstraße, in dem die Gräfin Báthory junge Mädchen folterte, bis hin zu aufsehenerregenden Kriminalfällen der Gegenwart. Sie berichtet von genialen Ermittlern, überraschenden Geständnissen, kaltblütigen Mördern und vom fast perfekten Verbrechen. Eine Pflichtlektüre für all jene, die schon immer die dunkle Seite Wiens kennenlernen wollten.