Truman Capote considered this social satire to be his masterpiece.
Forced to support himself financially, P.B. Jones - the character in this novel - must resort to hustling and other slightly more socially acceptable activities. Jones learns about a low-life, but physically attractive, young woman who marries, then allegedly murders, a naive son of a millionaire, only to get away with the crime. Jones is requested to get involved in kidnapping and homicide by a woman who had married into a rich family. One woman, who fancies herself an animal lover, gains some noteriety by shooting a man who kills a white leopard.
The chapters of his work-in-progress ''Answered Prayers'' published in Esquire in 1975 and 1976, and are now republished as a 180 page book.
Truman Capote, who died in 1984 at the age of 59, probably lost the friendships of a number of prominent people whom he so casually reveals conversations that were never meant to be displayed on the printed page. While some may deplore Mr. Capote's disloyalty to these individuals, it makes for some dishy fun reading about their ex-husbands, their scandalous love affairs, and other such dirty laundry.
This book occasionally borders on the pornographic and it could never be called dull.