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Preview — In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences (Modern Library)
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
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
Holcomb, Kansas November 15, 1959
(Herbert, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon)
Four of the six members of the Clutter family were bound, gagged and murdered in their home. Herb and Bonnie and two of their four children-Nancy age 16 and Kenyon age 15. The family was well-liked within the community and was generally known for being “good people”.
Two parolees had heard that Mr. Clutter was a man of wealth and that he had a safe tucked away inside his home.
( Perry Edward Smith)
These two men ...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. All 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 the fact that C ...more
The "New York Times" calls In Cold Blood
"The best documentary account of an ...more
The novel was first published in 1965 and at the time this style of writing, perhaps even the template for a new genre, was fresh and new and bold. Almost 50 years later and the disturbing images are as fresh, vibrant and malevolent as when the ink was wet.
The style of writing has no doubt inspired generations of writers since, but their imitation has done little to diminish the power of Capote’s work. Whether it ...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
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
Reading In Cold Blood makes the journalist and editor in me squirm. Having been educated and trained that if something can’t document something five ways to Sunday it shouldn’t be put into print, I initially found Truman Capote’s one foray into true crime writing very presumptuous, as if only he knew what was going on in the minds of the killers and their ...more
The dark corner of almost every bookstore is the True Crime section, shelved with scores mass-market paperbacks with dark covers and shocking fluorescent-lettered titles, promising true-to-life stories of murder and mayhem, com ...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
25 July 2015
I discovered this book through reading To Kill a Mockingbird namely because my bookclub mentioned that Harper Lee and Truman Capote were quite good friends (and Capote even dedicates this book to her at the beginning). Anyway, I also thought the title was really cool (and Capote sounded like he was some Chicago mob boss – though I am probably getting him mixed up with Capone) that when I was scouring through the book shop later that week I was keeping my eye out ...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
In his confession, Smith said, "I didn't want to hurt the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat. They (the Clutters) never hurt me. Like other people. Like people have all my life. Maybe it's just that the Clutters were the ones who had to pay for it."
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Interesting read for sure, but a little dry and slow. To be fair, I don't read a lot of non-fiction for this reason. Maybe I watch and read too many gruesome things that this one seemed rather tame. Sad yes, but there are so many sickos out there that I guess I was expecting more than two sociopathic derelicts.
I did find some interesting articles after reading the book claiming that this novel wasn't as accurate as Capote claimed it to ...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
"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
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He was born as Truman Streckfus Persons to a salesman Archulus Persons ...more