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Taking us places only John Safran can, Murder in Mississippi 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.

'Say, John Safran,' he says. 'Yes?' I say. 'I can get you killed from right behind this door, man. Real talk.' 'You can get me killed from behind your door?' 'Real talk,' he says. 'I can get your ass killed from behind this door, if you playin'.

The internationally acclaimed true-crime story you have to read to believe.

Taking us places only John Safran can, Murder in Mississippi 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

'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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143572084

    September 24, 2014

    Penguin

    368 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781742535753

    September 25, 2013

    Penguin eBooks

    383 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Ned Kelly Awards
    2014
    Winner
    Best True Crime
  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    2014
    Shortlisted
    General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
  • Indie Award
    2014
    Shortlisted
    Non-Fiction

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