Monday, February 25, 2013

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Crimescape) Review

Jim Williams had it all: style, culture, charisma, and sophistication. As a premier antiques dealer in Savannah, he mingled with celebrities, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Rockefellers, who came to admire his extraordinary treasures. His legacy thrust Savannah into the national spotlight and transformed the genteel city into a tourist mecca.

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.

Today, tourists flock to Mercer House to see the gorgeous mansion depicted in Clint Eastwood's movie and the book from which it was made--Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--where flamboyant designer and antiques dealer Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) killed Danny Hansford (Jude Law). While the movie and book 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 the newly revised and expanded version of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling true account of the crime, 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 40 photos and revealing insider interviews bring new life to the vivid cast of characters in this unique southern crime story.


Marilyn Bardsley is a respected expert on serial killers and the editor of RosettaBooks' bestselling Crimescape™ series, as well as the former executive editor and founder of Time Warner's Crime Library, a premier true crime website.

She has written about some of the most famous serial killers, including Jeffrey Dahmer, Jack the Ripper, the Boston Strangler, and Charles Manson. Her work is also considered an important resource for law enforcement; her feature reporting on child murder cases was mandatory reading for the police team assigned to the Green River serial murders.


Crimescape™ is a bestselling RosettaBooks collection of compelling, short nonfiction crime eBooks by the best true crime authors in the business. Taking readers into the dark heart of the criminal mind and the tense hunt to bring the perpetrators to justice, Crimescape™ authors stand apart from others because of their expertise in the field as police detectives, forensic professionals, criminal psychologists, and investigative reporters. As riveting storytellers, our authors bring readers unique insight into the murderous mind and some of the world's most mysterious and fascinating cases.

Another True Crime book I could not put down, this book goes way beyond ordinary research. I like the structure of the book giving you both sides of the story and then giving the blow by blow of what happened in the court room.

A very flawed investigation put on the the police starts to fall apart after four trials and the truth starts to emerge.

Another high note on the book is the included photos that seem to be perfectly adapted to the ebook form, I really enjoy photos in True Crime books and these are very well presented. In most ebooks one you click on the photo the photo is no bigger that a postage stamp, but these photos had much more detail and you could zoom and in and actually see them.

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