True Story

True Story

Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

Paperback - 2006
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In February 2002, New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel received a startling piece of news: a young man named Christian Longo, wanted for killing his entire family, had been captured in Mexico, where he'd taken on a new identity: Michael Finkel of the New York Times.

The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, came another troubling item: a note from the editors explaining that Finkel, having falsified parts of an investigative article, had been fired. Nonetheless, the only journalist Longo would speak with was the real Michael Finkel, and so Finkel placed a call to Oregon's Lincoln County jail, intent on getting the true story. So began a bizarre and intense relationship--a reporting job that morphed into a shrewd game of cat-and-mouse. Part mystery, part memoir, part mea culpa, True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
ISBN: 9780060580483
0060580488
Branch Call Number: 070.92
070.92
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 21 cm.

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Oct 12, 2006

I agree. This is a terrific book full of real life twists and turns. There are no easy answers and no heros - Finkel, by his own admission, certainly isn't one. Highly recommended.

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