In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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7 Critic Reviews

And so In Cold Blood becomes and absorbing, multi-faceted, mid-twentieth century reworking of Crime And Punishment. The crucial difference...In Cold Blood explores the social and the contextual alongside the psychological.
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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 execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

 

About Truman Capote

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TRUMAN CAPOTE was born in New Orleans on September 30, 1924. In 1948 his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was published to international critical acclaim, assuring Capote a place among the prominent postwar American writers. He won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize twice and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His other works include Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Grass Harp, and the nonfiction masterpiece In Cold Blood. He died on August 25, 1984.


























Author Hometown: New Orleans, LA
 
Published October 9, 2001 by Vintage. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Westerns, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for In Cold Blood
All: 7 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Oct 10 2011

It's a magnificent job--this American tragedy--with the incomparable Capote touches throughout. There may never have been a perfect crime, but if there ever has been a perfect reconstruction of one, surely this must be it.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by George Steiner on Dec 02 1980

Perhaps that is Capote's inward purpose: to write about emptiness and violence less than human in a book that will itself be a single happening in the mind, that mocks the pretensions to timelessness implicit in the classic novel. In Cold Blood is a significant title: it cuts several ways.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by philipspires on Jul 13 2008

And so In Cold Blood becomes and absorbing, multi-faceted, mid-twentieth century reworking of Crime And Punishment. The crucial difference...In Cold Blood explores the social and the contextual alongside the psychological.

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The Independent

Good
Reviewed by Kate Colquhoun on May 13 2011

...plotted and structured with taut writerly flair. Its characters pulse with recognisable life; its places are palpable. Careful prose binds the reader to his unfolding story. Put simply, the book was conceived of journalism and born of a novelist.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by Kelsy on Jul 19 2013

Gorgeously written with an empathetic eye for murderer and victim alike, the novel succeeds in immersing the reader in the complexity of a crime, from the people involved to the system that solves and prosecutes it.

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About.com Bestsellers

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Reviewed by Erin Collazo Miller on Jul 19 2013

In Cold Blood is an interesting study of crime and violence in America. The story is gripping. It is rightly a classic. I would not, however, say that all people would enjoy In Cold Blood.

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Salon

Good
Reviewed by Amy Standen on Jul 19 2013

...more than 35 years after its publication, “In Cold Blood’s” radicalism is a lot less apparent. But still the book stands out as a masterfully controlled recounting of murder and its aftermath and the people involved.

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