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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
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Oct 15, 10

bookshelves: 2009, best-books-ever, nonfiction-and-memoirs, classics
Recommended for: crime lovers, non-fiction readers, fiction readers, everyone
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Capote, you are a genius. Not only did you invent a genre, but you managed to cram 800+ pages of research and hours of interviews into a suspenseful, benevolent, violent, morose, satisfying work of beauty (and at just over 300 pages, didn't leave out a thing). It never bothered me that I knew the ending before the book started-- in fact, Capote's detailed accounts of the two murderers actually added something-- and I sympathized with both the victims and the perps. It never bothered me that Capote made up the things he could not know-- speculating is what detectives do. The writing was easy to follow yet rich with facts and illusions. An absolutely stunning work.
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