In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The crime novel was mostly forgotten by cutting edge American novelists during the 1950s and 1960s, its formulas seen as too confining, perhaps even too vulgar for the free spirits of modern fiction. Even more to the point, the idealization of "law and order," inherent to the genre, was unlikely to appeal to a Jack Kerouac, a Ken Kesey, a Thomas Pyn- ch…
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