"K.B.I. Agent Harold Nye has speculated that Capote spoke to
more people connected to the murder of the Clutters than did the Bureau. These interviews took place as Capote spent the better part of four years tromping around western Kansas, amassing thousands of pages of notes. This research, however, only
accounts for an element of the book’s success, for Capote transformed it with a novelist’s imagination. The result serves as a meditation on suffering as he dramatizes cherished moments from the last days of Nancy Clutter, the sleepless nights of
detective Al Dewey, and the tormented thoughts of Perry Smith."
Fecteau, Professor of English Washburn University, Topeka
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