AMERICAN TABOO A Murder in the Peace Corps

Author: Weiss (Philip)
Year: 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins
Edition Details: 1st US Edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9780060096861
Price: 10.00
Hardback. In 1975, 33 Peace Corps volunteers landed in the island nation of Tonga. It was an exotic place - men wearing grass skirts, coconut-thatched huts, pigs wandering the crushed-coral streets - governed by strange and exacting rules of conduct. The idealistic young Americans called it never-never land, as if it existed in a world apart from the one they knew and the things that happened there would be undone when they went home. Among them was a beautiful 23yr old woman who, like so many volunteers before her, was in search of adventure. Sensuous and free-spirited, Deborah Gardner would become an object of desire, even obsession, in the small expatriate community. On the night of October 14, 1976, she was found dying inside her hut, stabbed 22 times. Hours later, another volunteer turned himself in to the Tongan police, and many of the other Americans were sure he had committed the crime. But with the aid of the State Department, Dennis Priven returned to New York a free man, flown home at the Peace Corps's expense. Deb Gardner's death and the outlandish aftermath took on legendary proportions in Tonga; in the United States, government officials made sure the story was suppressed. Now the author unravels the truth about what happened in Tonga all those years ago, and transforms a Polynesian legend into a singular artefact of American history and a profoundly moving human story. With a Note on Sources. 369pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in F. dw.


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