Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
I had been working at the Jacksonville B&N for a few weeks when the author walked in and offered to sign all the copies we had. Good thing I snagged one, because we could not keep this in the store. To Berendt's credit, it's a marvelous book. It's a character study of an entire eclectic, odd little town and a mystery with an eerie coda.

The movie didn't do it justice. Skip it and read the book.