True Story

Bookcover Truestory Michaelfinkel

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo — who has taken on Finkel’s identity — his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel’s relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.

A man accused of the horrific murders of his wife and three young children fled the country and was arrested in Mexico, where he was pretending to be Michael Finkel, a reporter for The New York Times. He was pretending to be me. At same time, my own life and my own career was unraveling. What ensued was a bizarre game of psychological cat-and-mouse, a tale of truth and lies, of crimes and redemption, that first became a book called True Story, and then was adapred into a major motion picture, also called “True Story,” produced by Brad Pitt and starring Jonah Hill and James Franco.