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Murder in Mississippi

Murder in Mississippi

In 2009 John Safran, a controversial Australian journalist, spent an uneasy few days interviewing one of Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he hears that the man has been murdered by a young black man. But this is far from a straightforward race killing.

Safran flies back to Mississippi in a bid to discover what really happened, immersing himself in a world of clashing white separatists, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbours and the killer himself. In the end, he discovers just how profoundly complex the truth about someone’s life – and death – can be.

A brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Safran paints an engrossing and revealing portrait of race, money, sex and power in the modern American South.

‘John Safran’s captivating inquiry into a murder in darkest Mississippi is by turns informative, frightening and hilarious’ – John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
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Genre: Biography & True Stories

On Sale: 22nd May 2014

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780349134277

Reviews

Funny and gripping and wonderfully weird . . . It's a tremendous book. I can't praise it too highly
Louis Theroux
A hilarious and bizarre story that leads where you least expect it. John Safran has for years been one of my favourite journalists - forever pushing the boundaries, funny, startling, a hurricane
Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test
The elegance of this book is that its axis is a resounding 'perhaps' . . . It is this moral ambivalence that draws readers to the true crime genre, and Safran nails it
Weekend Australian
John Safran's captivating inquiry into a murder in darkest Mississippi is by turns informative, frightening and hilarious. It is enlivened by a swarm of creepy locals and a torrent of astonishing details--such as hedge clippers put to surgical use in the performance of an official autopsy
John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Stunning
Men's Style
A winning combination of memoir, true crime and gonzo journalism . . . a compulsive summer read
Sunday Mail
One of the best pieces of sustained, rigorous journalism I've read in twenty years. It is absolutely magnificent - smart, and wry, and emotional too
Caroline Overington
Witty, insightful, compelling - In Cold Blood for our generation
Eddie Perfect
[Safran] has written a marvellous book which I cannot put down
Melbourne Observer
Mississippi is like a trampoline for [Safran's] eccentricities. But the form and content of the story bring out an unfamiliar side of him
Sydney Morning Herald