Truman Capote has done a remarkable job with this book. As a work of literature, Capote demonstrates an amazing grasp of the human mind, emotions, action, drama, suspense and tragedy. It is chilling to read this book with the knowledge that it is a work of non-fiction. The prose is poetic, the writing is rich and Capote's research is astounding. This book is almost a masterpiece and the story it tells is quite a difficult one to digest. I would have given this book 5 stars if it had managed to elicit a stronger moral or emotional reaction, but it is still deserves to be known as a work of distinction.