God'll Cut You Down

God'll Cut You Down

The Tangled Tale of A White Supremacist, A Black Hustler, Amurder, and How I Lost A Year in Mississippi

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An unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson. A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee. At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes. But then new revelations and complications came to light. Maybe it was a dispute over money rather than race'or, maybe and intriguingly, over sex. John Safran, a young white Jewish Australian documentarian, had been in Mississippi and interviewed Barrett for a film on race. When he learned of Barrett's murder, he returned to find out what happened and became caught up in the twists and turns of the case. During his time in Mississippi, Safran got deeper and deeper into this gothic southern world, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder'white separatist frenemies, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbors, the stunned families, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime'and the people involved'seemed to be. In the end, he discovered how profoundly and indelibly complex the truth about someone's life'and death'can be. This is a brilliant, haunting, hilarious, unsettling story about race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South from an outsider's point of view.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780698170537
0698170539
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Bill_L
Jul 05, 2016

Two hustlers—one black, one white, one old, one young, one gay, one maybe—collide in Mississippi and the outcome, seeming almost inevitable, is murder. But murder for what? Race? Money? Sex? There lies the mystery John Safran probes in a very personal search for the truth. A page-turner, a grim tale told with sensitivity and humour.

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grouchykitty
Feb 14, 2016

Hilarity meets true crime. This book was interesting, shocking and funny rolled into one. If you are looking for a different take on true crime check out this book. EPL Personal Picks selected this book for me and I really enjoyed it. I probably wouldn't have heard of it otherwise. Give this book a read.

eferry Dec 11, 2014

Yes, I'll admit, the first thing I have to say about this book is that it is not Jonathan Safran Foer! I was confused, but definitely not disappointed in the end.

John Safran is an Australian reality star investigating a startling crime in Mississippi- the murder of a white supremacist by his neighbor, a twenty-something black man. Is the crime as straightforward as it seems or has something been left out? Safran walks a fine line while investigating the murder and those involved and ends up painting a picture that even he didn't imagine.

An intriguing read made all the more so given Safran's "outsider" views. Give him a try!

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