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  • Murder in Mississippi

  • By: John Safran
  • Narrated by: John Safran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

'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 hear 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.

©2014 John Safran (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test)
"Stunning." ( Men's Style)

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A bit of a slog at times

Love the author but this was tough to stick to at times. Kind of felt like this was the notes from which to write the book, not the book itself.

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Nice book.

Loved it! Instantly compelling, with the first caper brimming with edge-of-your-seat suspense. The story telling is charming. Highly recommended if you miss the John Safran and Father Bob radio show. I crocheted my dog a nice vest to this book.

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pretty good

i wonder a bit about the ethics of how involved he got, a few things i'm hoping are just creative license.

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Not great

I love John Safran but this story was hardly worthy of writing a book about. Safran poorly attempts to fit the evidence to his narrative.

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Tops

Safran's nasal lisp adds an extra layer of awkwardness to this moving , thought provoking , excruciatingly honest & hilarious story.

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This is Good

Loved it so much that I was a bid sad when it ended. A serious crime story that also made me laugh at times.

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five stars

interesting and measured, classic saffran, enjoyable to hear him read his work. an outsiders view of Mississippi.

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Typically fantastic, trippy tale of personalities

Told in true John Safran style - that is genuine, witty, sometimes trippy dialogue - this story develops with more twists and turns than a Mississippi back country lane, where much of the tale takes place. Safran is deeply in his element here, meeting characters he describes with detail we normally subconsciously see yet can't identify (till he points them out). He's a truly unique character, is Safran, himself as quirky and odd as those he introduces in his book. Enjoy it as I did.

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Well worth the listen/read

This is not my favourite work by Safran but it is all the same a gripping adventure. J. Safran writes with an open hearted honesty laced with laugh out loud humour. His narration compliments his writing perfectly. This is a dark story with lots of twists and turns which are, sad to say evident of true human nature when fate deals a difficult turn. Safran manages to bring much of it into the light, through incredible detective work as well as his amazing way of communicating, to us the reader and with the people he meets throughout this riveting adventure!

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Safran delivers what he promises in the title!

In this highly engaging true crime piece, Safran immerses himself right in the depths of Mississippi culture, rife with racial and class tension, in an effort to uncover every detail surrounding the murder of a high profile white supremacist he coincidentally met only months before he was killed. Putting any concerns for awkwardness aside, Safran thrusts headfirst into this case, doing his utmost to engage in conversation (occasionally relentlessly pestering) anyone with knowledge on the killer or the victim. In his signature raw gonzo style, Safran brings everything that makes his television programs so grossly enthralling into his first attempt in the realms of true crime writing. A roaring success which is wildly captivating from start to finish, but perhaps not for those of squeamish disposition. Highly recommended.

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