Yes, this has to do with my rule of books and movies. And I really want to see Capote.
Truman Capote writes the true tale of two men's night of terror when they killed four members of the Clutter family (I almost did the journalism thing and said "brutally murdered," but aren't all murders brutal?). From the first lines, Capote describes the small Kansas community until it's so vivid I could imagine that I've been there. This is how nonfiction should be written -- intertwined with quotations from the killers, interviews with family, backstories of even the minor "characters."
It is a folly to try to portray murderers as victims. However, Capote wrote to my disbelief, persuading me to recognize - not excuse - the despair buried in such darkness. Only a fantastic writer can achieve that.
4.8 out of 5.0 Killers.