''Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'' author brings the same storytelling techniques to his latest thriller ''The City of Falling Angels''

By EW Staff
Updated June 17, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Age 65

Mustworthiness His 1994 bestselling true-crime page-turner, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, featured some of the most vivid characters and novelistic storytelling of the decade. He brings the same techniques to The City of Falling Angels, a nonfiction tale of arson, old money, and a suspicious death in Venice, where Berendt has lived off and on for nine years.

After ‘Midnight’ Berendt had a couple of false starts in pursuing his second book, including researching a married couple who escaped from a leprosarium in the 1920s and traveled around the U.S. ”It would have been a wonderful, picturesque book about a beautiful couple. But by the time I got to them, she was gaga and he was dead.”

Next Falling Angels lands in bookstores in September.