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.
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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.Read Full Review of In Cold Blood | See more reviews from Kirkus
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.Read Full Review of In Cold Blood | See more reviews from Guardian
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.Read Full Review of In Cold Blood | See more reviews from Blog Critics
...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.Read Full Review of In Cold Blood
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.Read Full Review of In Cold Blood
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.Read Full Review of In Cold Blood
...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.Read Full Review of In Cold Blood
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