By Philip Weiss

ISBN-10: 0060096861

ISBN-13: 9780060096861

ISBN-10: 006009687X

ISBN-13: 9780060096878

In 1975, a brand new crew of Peace Corps volunteers landed at the island kingdom of Tonga. between them used to be Deborah Gardner -- a gorgeous twenty-three-year-old who, within the following 12 months, will be stabbed twenty-two occasions and left for useless within her hut.

Another volunteer grew to become himself in to the Tongan police, and lots of of the opposite american citizens have been convinced he had devoted the crime. yet through the nation division, he lower back domestic a loose guy. even supposing the tale was once 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 evidence 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 shiny, novelistic prose, Weiss transforms a Polynesian legend right into a singular artifact of yankee historical past and a profoundly relocating human story.

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