True Story : Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa (Paperback)

Author: Finkel, Michael

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"True Story" is the remarkable account of the relationship between a man accused of killing his entire family, and of the "New York Times Magazine" writer he impersonated while on the run.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060580483
SKU 202054942
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060580488
Release Date 7/3/2006
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
"Many will compare this mea culpa to those of Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass, but where those disgraced journalists led readers into halls of mirrors, Finkel's creation is all windows....[T]here's a burning sincerity (and beautifully modulated writing) on every page, sufficient to convince most that this brilliant blend of true-crime and memoir does live up to its bald title." [Starred review.]
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Editors Note Follows the experiences of a former contributing editor to the New York Times magazine who, after fabricating part of a story and losing his job, was mistaken for a murderer and fled to Cancun, where he lived under an assumed identity and forged a complex relationship with the real killer. Reprint.
Annotation In February of 2002, Michael Finkel, a writer for the New York Times Magazine and other prestigious publications, was awaiting the end of his career as a writer and the permanent staining of his reputation: the child slave featured in one of Finkel's cover stories had been discovered to be a fabrication. As he awaited the inevitable fallout from his dishonesty, he received an astonishing phone call. A man, Christian Longo, had been living in Mexico under Finkel's identity in an attempt to flee from his own much more heinous crime: the murder of his wife and three children in Oregon. Finkel contacted the man, and their surreal relationship turned out to be a revelatory experience, exposing the twisted working and dark deceptions of the human mind. This frank and fascinating memoir tells the interwoven stories of Longo and Finkel, and proves an illuminating investigation of truth and redemption.
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Number of Pages 0320
Publisher Harper Perennial

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