In November, 1959, Truman Capote (), the author of "" and a favourite figure in what is soon to be known as the Jet Set, reads an article on a back page of the New York Times. It tells of the murders of four members of a well-known farm family - the Clutters - in Holcomb, Kansas.
Similar stories appear in newspapers almost every day, but something about this one catches Capote's eye.
It presents an opportunity, he believes, to test his long-held theory that, in the hands of the right writer, non fiction can be as compelling as fiction. What impact have the murders had on that tiny town on the wind-swept plains ? With that as subject - for his purpose, it does not matter if the murderers are never caught - he convinces the New Yorker magazine to give him an assignment and he sets out for Kansas. Accompanying him is a friend from his Alabama childhood : Harper Lee (), who within a few months will win a Pulitzer Prize and achieve fame of her own as the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.
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