Publisher: The New Press
Distributed by: W.W. Norton
Distributed by: Ingram Book Group
ISBN-13: 978-1-56584-910-5
Price: $25.95/$32.50 CAN
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publication Date: May 2007
Trim Size: 6 1/8 x 9 3/4

The Big Eddy Club
David Rose

From award-winning Vanity Fair reporter David Rose, The Big Eddy Club, an investigative expose of race, injustice, and serial murder in the Deep South

Over the course of eight bloody months in the 1970s, a serial rapist and murderer terrorized Columbus, Georgia, killing seven elderly white women by strangling them in their beds. In 1986, eight years after the last murder, an African American, Carlton Gary, was convicted and sentenced to death. Though many in the city doubt his guilt, he remains on death row.

Investigative journalist, David Rose has followed this case for a decade in an investigation that led him to the Big Eddy Club—an all-white, members-only club in Columbus, frequented by the town's most prominent judges and lawyers . . . as well as most of the seven murdered women.

The Big Eddy Club is a gripping, revealing drama, full of evocatively drawn characters, insidious institutions, and the extraordinary connections that bind past and present. The book is also a compelling, accessible, and timely exploration of race and criminal justice, not just in the context of the South but in the entire United States, as it addresses the corruption of due process as a tool of racial oppression.


  • Shortlist, 2008 Crime Writers' Association GOLD DAGGER for Non-Fiction.
  • Finalist, the Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters & Editors


"A gripping and brilliant piece of reporting that both lays bare an appalling miscarriage of justice and exposes its origins in the tortured history of the South."

—Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

"A compelling legal drama and expose of racism in the justice system... a convincing case of separate but unequal justice for blacks and whites."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Rose spent 10 years reporting this case, and his meticulous analysis is devastating... Rose's writing is persuasive and assured."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Its story is compelling. Questions raised beg for answers. It paints a picture of our town's loss of innocence."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

"We see from time to time in this country conversations here and there about the death penalty, about those who sit on death row, about miscarriages of justice, about the way the death penalty system is applied in a racist and unfair way. But every now and then, we come across a story that kind of wraps all that together, and that's what 'The Big Eddy Club' is all about... David Rose, thank you for your wonderful investigative journalism."

Tavis Smiley, PBS

"An engrossing blend of true crime, legal drama and acute exposé of racial antagonism... a compelling indictment of justice gone awry."

Publishers' Weekly