The most famous true crime novel of all time and one of the first non-fiction novels ever written; In Cold Blood is the bestseller that haunted its author long after he finished writing it.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
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.
Great Book and Fairly Appealing
In Cold Blood should be a 4 starred novel. When reading through a book, I tend to slowly read what is interesting to me. This book has had me read at a crawling pace multiple times to understand the content in detail. In Cold Blood has made me remember why reading books can be sometimes interesting. It also makes me want to read more of the book to see what happens. Once I got to the middle, the book took a turn and made me feel like these guys are kind of ‘average Joes’ that wanted to do something different. At the end, I felt somewhat sympathetic for them; I wanted to do more for proper justice. The book purposefully does not want to reach every audience that exists, but it can be read by nearly anyone interested in reading nonfiction novels.
An American Treasure
I enjoyed this book far more than I expected although there were parts where nothing significant was added to the experience and which slowed the pace of the book. I am glad I read it since it is a landmark book in its genre.