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In Cold Blood
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 exe...more
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Top Picture Hickock, Richard Eugene (WM)28 KBI 97 093; FBI 859 273 A. Address: Edgerton, Kansas. Birthdate 6-6-31 Birthplace K.C., Kans. Height: 5-10 Weight: 175 Hair: Blond. Eyes: Blue. Build: Stout. Comp: Ruddy. Occup: Car Painter. Crime: Cheat & Defr. & Bad Checks. Paroled: 8-13-59 By: So. K.C.K.
Bottom Picture Smith, Perry Edward (WM) 27-59. Birthplace: Nevada. Height: 5-4. Weight: 156 Hair: D. Brn. Crim...more
PART 1: STEVE’S REVIEW
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Written over a period of 7 years and published in 1966, this novel, while not technically the first “true crime” non-fiction novel, is credited (correctly) with establishing the genre and being the progenitor of today's true crime novel. I would certainly agree that most of the other true crime novels that I have read followed almost the exact "blue print" laid out by Capote in this book. That is quite a testament to the technical excellence of this novel...more
Having never heard anything of the Clutter murders prior to reading this book, the experience of reading it was intense, gripping, and suspenseful from beginning to end. Capote, with his impartial writing style, relayed facts and details in such a way as to give a complete character illustration of everyone involved: from each of the Clutters, t...more
Beginning with a day-in-the-life of the Clutter family shortly before four of its members were slain, Mr. Hoffman presents the real-life tale of the murders (as well as its aftermath) in a somewhat nonlinear fashion, ski...more
Capote breathes such realism into the characters that all you'll need to m...more
However, I did completely misjudge the book and its subject. Well played, Mr. Capote...well played.
As everyone must know by now this is considered the first nonfiction novel. Meaning that all of the bare facts of this story actually took place. A family of four was indeed murdered in their home by two unknown assailants on 14 November 1959. What made this book innovative was...more
He painstakingly describes every detail—with thousands of commas and dashes preceding thousands of commas and dashes—his keen sense of observation (and exaggeration) is both impressive and tiring at the same time. I felt that Truman probably held the details of every interview close to his heart hence a lot of unnecessa...more
BkC13) IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote: As good as it gets. Only really good thing he wrote.
The first statement being unassailable, I'll focus on the second.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is fun, and a little bit risqué, but deathless literature? Even a well-made novella? Not so much. Other Voices, Other Rooms? A roman à clef that, because it dealt with hoMOsexuals (plural) in 1948, was much tutted over and hollered about. Reading it in the 21st century, one is struck at just how dre...more
First of all let me state that this was a very easy read. It moves along at a good clip and never drags. Well not quite true. It drags somewhat when Capote spends several pages covering Perry Smith's background. There is a touch of infatu...more
This is one of those books that’s always on the lists of "must read" classics, which ironically often has the effect of putting me off. So this had been gatherin...more
The "New York Times" calls In Cold Blood
"The best documentary account of an...more
(view spoiler)[In spite of knowing beforehand exactly how this sordid deal played out, I still found the story and the characters absolutely engross...more
"Some critics consider Capote's work the original non-fiction novel, although other writers had already explored the genre, such as Rodolfo Walsh in Operación Masacre (1957). The book examines the complex psychological relationship between...more
The Meat and Potatoes: On the morning of Sunday, November 14, 1959, Herb Clutter, his wife Bonnie, son Kenyon, and daughter Nancy were found bound, gagged, and shot in the heads with a 14-guage rifle. The Clutters were respected residents of a peaceful farming community in Kansas and, although wealthy, were known to conduct all business by check r...more
I love watching crime shows, but I only really like watching fictional ones. Any crime show or documentary that is "based on a true story" automatically creeps me out. I can do a marathon of CSI all day, but when someone tells me that someone near us was robbed or a friend of a friend of a friend is killed, I automatically shut my ears because I don't want to imagine it happening to the people I care for. Case in point: there was a time when I learned that our neigh...more
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote was published in 1966, and is based on events that happened almost fifty years ago. The events were real. This is not a work of fiction. The Clutters, an appropriately surnamed Kansas family, have their own complications within their rambling homestead. What family doesn’t? Clutter the father is a farmer. Who isn’t in these parts? Life is not so productive of late. Whose is? The two younger children, a daughter and a son, still live i...more
In Cold Blood is a true crime non fiction book centered around a horrific set of murders that took place during the middle of the twentieth century in the middle of the United States -- rural Kansas. It was a crime unlike anything the small town had seen before. In Cold Blood tells the story of t...more
In Cold Blood is a sort of disturbing read. It's an account of the murder of innocent people -- who had not done anything wrong to their murderers, who had never even met their murderers: whose deaths were, in fact, settled upon by the murderers before they ever saw them. It's an account that explores the hows and whys. Of course it's going to be disturbing. There's also an emotional distance from it that somehow makes that feeling worse.
It was a s...more
Just couldn't put this book down.
Had me rivetted from the first page..
Tells the story of a true and really horrific event.
But totally absorbs you in the scene from the victims,
murderers and the communities perspectives.
Always wondered why people talk about this book so much.....now I know!
Highly recommend it but cancel all appointments before starting...
Capote insisted that there should be no authorial presence in the text, and yet his voice drips from each page. The protagonist is Perry Smith, the murderer who Capote is quoted comparing himself to. In the book o...more
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He was born as Truman Streckfus Persons to a salesman Archulus Persons...more