I'm reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote at work during my lunches right now. I'm enthralled. I've read some of Capote's stuff before, like Breakfast at Tiffany's (which has a far better ending than the movie) and some short stories (which I seem to get confused with Tennessee Williams plays--they're all full of sweaty, unhappy people). This is so much different, I can't believe it's written by the same guy!
I think the thing I'm noticing the most is the way he's using foreshadowing. Usually foreshadowing bugs me. It makes me impatient, makes my brain scream, "Stop hinting and just tell me!" But in this, I'm not irritated, I'm tantalized. Every time he alludes to something that'll happen later, I think, "Ooooh, I wonder where that will lead? What does he mean by that?" I'm not sure how he's doing this, but I like it and I'm going to try to figure it out so I can do it too. Foreshadow without frustrating my readers.