a US novel (1966) based on fact, written by Truman Capote. It is about the murder in 1959 of four members of a farming family in Kansas. Capote talked in prison to the men who killed them, and his book tells their story. It was the first major novel in which specific events were described in a novel in this way. A film version was made in 1967 and it was also made into a TV series in 1996.