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"Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans--in fact, few Kansans--had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the
waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks,
drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there." If all Truman Capote did was invent a new
genre--journalism written with the language and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal
slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has
influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction.
The images of this tale continue to resonate in our minds: 16-year-old Nancy Clutter teaching a friend how to bake a
cherry pie, Dick Hickock's black '49 Chevrolet sedan, Perry Smith's Gibson guitar and his dreams of gold in a tropical
paradise--the blood on the walls and the final "thud-snap" of the rope-broken necks.