Capote's book deserves the "masterpiece" designation. I found the book to be riveting and suspenseful, despite knowing the story through two different movies ("In Cold Blood" and "Capote"). It reads like a well written novel, opening on "the high wheat plains" and ending on "the wind voices of the wind-bent wheat." In between Capote tells the unbiased, detailed story of two men who brutally murder a family of four and their respective back stories. Normally I'm a slow reader, I finished the book across two days.