In Cold Blood

A True Account of A Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
Capote, Truman (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In Cold Blood

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Based on the true story of a prosperous and respected Kansas farmer who, along with his wife and children, is murdered by two mindless ex-convicts.
Authors: Capote, Truman, 1924-1984
Title: In cold blood
a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2007
Edition: Modern Library ed
Characteristics: xii, 343 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Truman Capote ; [introduction by Bob Colacello]
Notes: Originally published: New York : Random House, 1966, c1965
Contents: Introduction / Bob Colacello
The Last to see them alive
Persons unknown
The Corner
Summary: Based on the true story of a prosperous and respected Kansas farmer who, along with his wife and children, is murdered by two mindless ex-convicts.
Additional Contributors: Colacello, Bob
ISBN: 9780375507908
Branch Call Number: 364 C24i 2007
Subject Headings: Murder Kansas Hickock, Richard Eugene, 1931-1965 Smith, Perry Edward, 1928-1965 Crime Kansas Murder Kansas Case studies
Topical Term: Murder
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Based on the true story of a prosperous and respected Kansas farmer who, along with his wife and children, is murdered by two mindless ex-convicts.

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered. 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... Read More »

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Aug 01, 2014
  • barkylee15 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Mostly I thought it was good and a fast-paced book but I could have done without the last fourth of the book, it dragged for me.

Jun 08, 2014
  • wilqser rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Account of a brutal murder of a family in Kansas during the 1959 by a couple of drifters. The book takes us into the lives of the family and the rationale of the killers. Very well written novel; I wouldn't say it was a thriller, but more of whether capital punishment - whether moral or not - should be invoked and whether the mental state of the killers should be considered. Good Storytelling.

Mar 08, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It's a very well written book that reads more like a novel. You know full well how it ends, or how it must end if you're completely unfamiliar with the case, but you wonder about how and if the murderers are going to get caught. You are anxious about what is going on with the investigation. It's really a lot more like reading a novel than a nonfiction book. My only regret is that I wish I didn't know so much about it already before reading it. I think that would have helped a little bit with the experience.

Feb 11, 2014
  • Lauraparr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent book! Even when you know the story, you can't help wondering when they're going to get caught or event if they'll ever get capital punishment.

Nov 05, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When this was published back in the sixties, I can see that this would have been controversial and thriller like with how the story was written. I enjoyed how the POVs kept changing so you got different ideas/thoughts from the many characters regarding the situation, as well as, the killers. American classic.

Well-written, moving, factual without being judgmental. This is one of the best-written books I’ve read all year. Yet, I couldn’t help feeling saddened by the fact that most—if not all—of the townspeople we meet through Capote’s eyes are probably long gone by now.

Mar 10, 2013
  • Rowho366 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book starts out really good and ends really well. But, there is so much included that i found of no interest to this murder case. Also, It reads more as fiction for a nonfiction book.

Jun 22, 2012
  • oldhag rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just as disturbing today as it was when originally published. Even though I knew the facts of the crime committed, Capote wrote this so masterfully that I experienced a roller coaster ride of anxiety, first, about when and how the killers would be caught, and, second, whether the killers would escape punishment. My favorite line, referring to one of the killers on death row: "When that boy read a book it stayed read". Heartily recommend even if you've read it before.

Mar 05, 2012
  • caiyoung rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had to read this for my English class. Today we just finished it. I found it to be an interesting book but it’s more pointed towards people who are interested in the process from a violent crime being committed to when the sentence is carried out. Luckily I am one of those people since my dream job is to become a criminal psychologist. I also liked this book because it takes place in Kansas close to where I live. It’s not too often that I can tell people that a killer, or, at least, supposed killer, of four people lived a couple towns away from me. I felt like Capote made too many things up, though. This book is more like a historical fiction than a truly non-fiction book in my eyes. At times it was dragging and I lost interest in certain parts such as the long winded descriptions that could have been shortened drastically. Still, a good book for people interested in the process of solving, and committing, a murder.

Nov 28, 2011
  • BigMoose rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly researched and reported, masterfully written!

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