On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.
As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.
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When it comes to true-crime classics, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is the genuine article. A stark departure from Capote’s carefully crafted fiction (he wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s a few years earlier), the book reads like a novel but covers the baffling real-life murder of a Kansas family. Capote spent months in Holcomb, Kansas, interviewing people related to the crime, including the two murderers. He tells it all in crystal-clear detail, weaving together the stories of the family, the investigators, and the killers. This is a book you can’t put down, one of the most chilling yet compelling stories we’ve ever read.
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In Cold Blood
In his manner of writing, and of course, in it's content, this book is reminiscent of Mailer's "Executioner's Song." It is a sad tale, so well documented and interesting, often spine tingling, and often mysterious. Capote takes us into the minds of all the players, family and law enforcement officials in the unfolding of this epic tragedy. It certainly reinforces the necessity of capital punishment when it comes to dealing with ghastly crimes, in my view.