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Murder in Mississippi by [Safran, John]
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'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
'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

When filming his TV series Race Relations, John Safran spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi's most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he heard that the man had been murdered - and what was more, the killer was black.
At first the murder seemed a twist on the old Deep South race crimes. But then more news rolled in. Maybe it was a dispute over money, or most intriguingly, over sex. Could the infamous racist actually have been secretly gay, with a thing for black men? Did Safran have the last footage of him alive? Could this be the story of a lifetime? Seizing his Truman Capote moment, he jumped on a plane to cover the trial.
Over six months, Safran got deeper and deeper into the South, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder - white separatists, black campaigners, lawyers, investigators, neighbours, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime, and the world, seemed.
Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
'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
'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
'A winning combination of memoir, true crime and gonzo journalism . . . a compulsive summer read' Sunday Mail
'Funny and gripping and wonderfully weird . . . It's a tremendous book. I can't praise it too highly' Louis Theroux
'Witty, insightful, compelling - In Cold Blood for our generation' Eddie Perfect
'[Safran] has written a marvellous book which I cannot put down' Melbourne Observer
'Now I know what to recommend people who liked Them' Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test)
'Stunning' Men's Style

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4603 KB
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (25 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EJ9D4W4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Very interesting read. I enjoy John Safran's style of writing and his penchant for asking the hard questions.. even if they could get him into serious trouble.
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Never having read a true crime book before, but having been a long term (albeit mostly casual) fan of John Safran's TV and radio work, I came to this book with a level of relative openness and skepticism, not exactly knowing what to expect of John's writing style. After a bit of time spent getting into the feel of the book (it took a while getting accustomed to his tone), I was very pleased to read this book, especially considering the complexity in the circumstances surrounding the crime. John Safran, as evidenced in his other media work, is very much a people person, although whilst we mainly know him being the director of the show or the main focus, he takes his everyman approach to the writing of this book, one where he engages with the various subjects in a thoughtful and well-researched manner, and expresses his encounters in a way that's accessible to newcomers to the genre like myself. He is not too afraid to ask difficult questions to various people - even the murderer - about topics surrounding race, sexuality, relationships, past history regarding crimes; all of which are very important from the perspective of somebody wanting to follow John on his journey to get as close as possible to the bottom of the story. It takes a little time for the book to establish its voice and tone, but it really is very good.

One thing worth mentioning is that John makes a point of describing the physical appearance of various individuals he either meets or simply notices, in terms of being "black" or "white" (for example, "black security guard").
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This is a compelling read, and a somewhat surprising left turn for Safran. Like Jon Ronson in Them, Safran becomes intimately involved within the story, and the novel becomes as much about his relationships with the characters and his attempts to construct a genre true crime book as it does the events themselves.
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This has been my second time through this story in the last 12 months. I didn't realise stories around murder could be so... Messy and inconclusive and vague. TV has lead me astray with their black and white answers!! What a great yarn. And couldn't stop reading in my head in Safran's voice.
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If you like Safran's other work on TV and radio, you'll enjoy this book. It's a bit disjointed, and doesn't always flow like a classic, but it is extremely compelling. Safran isn't just telling a story: he becomes one of the main characters in the book.

Highly recommended.
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Saffran gently allows the characters to tell their own narrative and leads us to our own conclusions. An interesting adventure with some twists. Humanity, shown without bias.
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Really loved this book. Could easily pick up whenever and immediately be reimmersed. Would also recommend for both first time crime readers and die hard crime story fans.
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John Safran, in his unique and endearing voice, describes the circumstances surrounding this murder. We may never know "who dun it" but what a ride!
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