John Berendt (1994)
This may very well be my favorite book of 1994. It’s been on the New York Times best-seller list forever, and rightly so. Written like fiction and based on fact, this quirky murder mystery set in Savannah Georgia is a real page-turner. If it weren’t all true you’d read this book and say to yourself, “This is so unbelievable. This would never happen.”
The author began visiting the south on weekend excursions from New York. He was continually drawn back to Savannah, fascinated by its citizens and their culture. During the course of many years, he spent time with a variety of unforgettable characters, all of which he intertwines into one incredibly entertaining tale. There’s a wealthy antiques dealer accused of murdering a red-neck hustler, a wickedly funny black drag queen who crashes debutante balls, a man who picks up and moves his residence (and the non-stop party therein) each time bill collectors come calling, and a voodoo priestess who performs the midnight ritual. Trust me on this one–read it!