By Philip Weiss
In 1975, a brand new workforce of Peace Corps volunteers landed at the island country of Tonga. between them used to be Deborah Gardner±a appealing twenty-three-year-old who, within the following 12 months, will be stabbed twenty-two instances and left for lifeless inside of her hut.
Another volunteer grew to become himself in to the Tongan police, and lots of of the opposite americans have been convinced he had dedicated the crime. yet by using the kingdom division, he again domestic a unfastened guy. even supposing the tale used to be saved quiet within the usa, Deb Gardner's demise and the outlandish aftermath took on mythical proportions in Tonga.
Now journalist Philip Weiss "shines sunlight at the proof of this gruesome case with the fervor of an avenging angel" (Chicago Tribune), exposing a gripping story of affection, violence, and clashing beliefs. With bravura reporting and brilliant, novelistic prose, Weiss transforms a Polynesian legend right into a singular artifact of yank background and a profoundly relocating human tale.
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American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps by Philip Weiss