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In Cold Blood


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ISBN13: 9780375507908
ISBN10: 0375507906
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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.

Five years, four months and twenty-nine days later, on April 14, 1965, Richard Eugene Hickock, aged thirty-three, and Perry Edward Smith, aged thirty-six, were hanged for the crime on a gallows in a warehouse in the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas.

In Cold Blood is the story of the lives and deaths of these six people. It has already been hailed as a masterpiece.




With the publication of this book, Capote permanently ripped through the barrier separating crime reportage from serious literature. As he reconstructs the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, Capote generates suspense and empathy.

About the Author

Truman Capote was a native of New Orleans, where he was born on September 30, 1924. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was an international literary success when first published in 1948, and accorded the author a prominent place among the writers of America's postwar generation. He sustained this position subsequently with short-story collections (A Tree of Night, among others), novels and novellas (The Grass Harp and Breakfast at Tiffany's), some of the best travel writing of our time (Local Color), profiles and reportage that appeared originally in The New Yorker (The Duke in His Domain and The Muses Are Heard), a true-crime masterpiece (In Cold Blood), several short memiors about his childhood in the South (A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor, and One Christmas), two plays (The Grass Harp and House of Flowers and two films (Beat the devil and The Innocents).

Mr. Capote twice won the O.Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.

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kafoie2, September 18, 2006 (view all comments by kafoie2)
I really enjoyed this book. Capote's way of telling the story was vivd and exciting. The suspense of the story almost killed me. I really enjoy books of that caliber. The title had grasped me and that's the reason I chose to read it (and it was extra points if I read it.) I admire the title because it deals and benefits the story. I wouldn't change the title because it plays a key role in helping getting the message understood.
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Justin_C, May 29, 2006 (view all comments by Justin_C)
Hello readers, my name is Justin. I am a 16 year old attending high school and a I read this book in my grade 10 english class. I found the novel to be an excellent display of english literature. Capote?s writing style was captivating and I was continuously intrigued by the novel. In Cold Blood is a nonfiction book about a multiple murder of a family in Kansas in 1959. Capote tells you the outcome of In Cold Blood from the start, yet Capote still manages to build suspense. More surprisingly, Capote creates sympathy for the murderers even though he still tells you all the horrible details of the crime. The novel is slow and detailed. Capote takes his time describing the people and places involved in the murder. Since he paces himself and uses so much detail, he creates a sort of suspense, like you might expect in a fiction novel. Capote also allows different voices to tell the story, creating an understanding between the readers and the murderers, the readers and the victims, and all the other characters in this event--townspeople, investigators, friends of the family. This intimacy leads to sympathy, which can sometimes be disturbing because you find yourself thinking how can you be so disgusted by this murder and yet still see the humanity in the murderers?
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Product Details

Capote, Truman
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Colacello, Bob
Colacello, Bob
Colacello, Bob
New York
Case studies
Murder - General
Murder -- Kansas.
General True Crime
Crime - True Crime
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Random House, Inc., 2002 ed.
Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books
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8.6 x 5.75 x 0.9 in 1.1 lb

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