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In Cold Blood : : a True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences

Capote, Truman, 1924-1984. Book - 2013 364.152 Ca, Adult Book / Nonfiction / True Crime / Capote, Truman None on shelf 2 requests on 5 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Originally published: New York : Random House, c1965.
Truman Capote -- Acknowledgments -- Last to see them alive -- Persons unknown -- Answer -- Corner.
Overview: Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time. Truman Capote's masterpiece, In Cold Blood, created a sensation when it was first published, serially, in The New Yorker in 1965. The intensively researched, atmospheric narrative of the lives of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, and of the two men, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, who brutally killed them on the night of November 15, 1959, is the seminal work of the "new journalism." Perry Smith is one of the great dark characters of American literature, full of contradictory emotions. "I thought he was a very nice gentleman," he says of Herb Clutter. "Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat." Told in chapters that alternate between the Clutter household and the approach of Smith and Hickock in their black Chevrolet, then between the investigation of the case and the killers' flight, Capote's account is so detailed that the reader comes to feel almost like a participant in the events.

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Good submitted by Chris82 on July 31, 2011, 9:11pm This is a great book about a horrible murder in a small town and its aftermath. It was very well researched and written.

good true crime book...not all factual submitted by j mckinley on August 14, 2015, 2:08am Good book. The author embellished it alot though, in order to sell more copies. Makes you wonder what is fact and fiction.

Excellent submitted by kelleyc on July 17, 2016, 12:26pm True crime written in the form of a novel. I found it fascinating and couldn't put it down.

Classic submitted by steveiew on July 27, 2017, 4:40pm This is a classic in the world of true crime. Well worth the read.

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PUBLISHED
New York, New York : Modern Library, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, 2013.
Year Published: 2013
Description: viii, 396 pages ; 21 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

READING LEVEL
Lexile: 1040

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780812994384
9780679745587

ADDITIONAL CREDITS
Clutter family.

SUBJECTS
Hickock, Richard Eugene, -- 1931-1965.
Smith, Perry Edward, -- 1928-1965.
Murder -- Kansas -- Case studies.