REVIEW: IN COLD BLOOD BY TRUMAN CAPOTE


IN COLD BLOOD
TRUMAN CAPOTE
GENRE: NONFICTION/TRUE CRIME

SYNOPSIS

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.





MY TAKE



Before this book, I had never heard of the Clutter murders; never heard of Holcomb, Kansas; never heard of Perry Smith or Dick Hickock—after reading this book I will never forget.

I found this book to be a very sad journey. The Clutters were truly good people—the kind of people you would want as neighbors or friends. They (father, mother, daughter age 16, and son age 15) were murdered senselessly.

In Cold Blood is one of those special books that will stay with you for a very long time. If you like to read true crime, you must read this book.




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