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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
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Aug 26, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: anyone who enjoys masterful prose
Read in August, 2007

Truman Capote is a fascinating figure to begin with, so it's hard to imagine he could have created anything more complex than himself, but "In Cold Blood" is truly a masterpiece. Even if you don't care that this book was the first of its kind -- a non-fiction "novel" -- and that it was groundbreaking in its portrayal of the killers as deeply flawed but still human, you'll find it next to impossible to put this book down once you start it. It's hard to say exactly what's best about this book: Capote's depiction of the murdered Clutter family, his probing analysis of the killers' troubled pasts, or his look at what the killings did to the quiet farming town of Holcomb, Kansas. One thing's for sure, though -- this is a brilliant book, whether you call it a novel or "true crime."

I'd recommend watching "Capote" and "Infamous" after you've read the book. Both films will reveal a lot about Capote's motives in writing the book, his questionable methods in interviewing and assembling facts, and the mysterious nature of his relationships with the killers.

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