True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael FinkelTrue Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

byMichael Finkel

Paperback | August 15, 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.

Michael Finkel has written forNational Geographic,GQ,Rolling Stone,Esquire,Vanity Fair, theAtlantic, and theNew York Times Magazine. He lives in western Montana.
Title:True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea CulpaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780060580483

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from really dull book is so boring and dull, tried very hard to keep on but after getting through the middle just had to give up.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Memoir I've Read! True Story was the best book based on a true story that I have read in a long time. It was by fair the best memoir I've read. It gives you insight on what devoted journalists risk to get a story the public would have interest in. It also shows how even the best writers can be deceived when trying to find their story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Murder,memoir, mea culpa Really enjoyd thus book, had many twists and turns, very honestly written, gives you a different prespective would recommend, but keeps you curious for what happens next
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True Story I really loved it You can tell he is a writer and a good one, so interesting, a page turner, could not wait for the next chapter...
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from True Story I have to say it was a spine chilling thriller. It kept me so curious to the end to see what happened. I can't wait to see the movie. The only disappointing point in the book is there were no pictures.
Date published: 2015-05-07

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A memoir as creepy as it is compelling...expertly and suspensefully told.