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In Cold Blood (Vintage International)

In Cold Blood (Vintage International) [Kindle Edition]

Truman Capote
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'The American dream turning into the American nightmare ... a remarkable book' Spectator

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1410 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 067960023X
  • Publisher: Vintage (9 Oct 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1IRM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome, captivating and tragic 13 July 2006
This really is essential reading for everyone over the age of about 14. A classic. Truman Capote recounts the story of the murders of four members of the Clutter family, one November night in 1959, and provides details of the events leading up to the murders, what the killers (Dick and Perry) did whilst on the run, their arrest, trial and punishment. I real a lot of books, but this is one of the best I've ever read and I couldn't put it down - despite knowing it doesn't have a happy ending for anyone, I wanted to know what actually happened to the Clutters and why. This book doesn't try to psychoanalyse murders - it tells the story in a factual way, but written like a novel, and it is fantastic, gruesome and tragic because it's true. Six people died as a result of that night - let Truman tell you how.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine classic 26 July 2006
This is one of these books that everyone tells you is a classic. Personally speaking, that sort of recommendation always puts me off, but having seen and loved the film "Capote" I thought I should give the book a go and boy, am I glad I did!

The story is a harrowing one, and in the hands of a less skilled writer its telling could have become overwrought. Capote's greatest skill is his ability to keep his emotions in check, avoiding making judgements, just telling the facts as best he can and as a result allowing all of his characters to come to life on the page. The Clutter family are not canonized, but instead shown as real people, all with their own problems, hopes and fears. Smith and Hickock, though never excused by Capote, are shown as three dimensional, flawed human beings rather than two dimensional monsters.

Reading this book was an emotional experience. You are left feeling sad and shocked, yet with a sense of hope. It is a book that will stay with me for a long time and one that truly deserves to be called a classic.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Cold Type... 24 Mar 2006
Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood' is enjoying a resurgence of popularity thanks to the Oscar-winning film depicting the author's life and work during the writing of this phenomenal piece. At one point in the film, the character Capote makes the statement that when he thinks about how good this book will be, he can hardly breathe. Perhaps it is because it is part of our history now, I don't consider the book to be that good, but it was a work fairly close to groundbreaking in its impact - it was a new genre, the narrative telling of a non-fiction event as if it were a fictional novel.
The narrative centres upon the murder of a Kansas family by two men, Perry Smith and Dick Hicock, who are in many ways far from typical killers, much less cold blooded killers. The family, the Clutters of Holcombe, Kansas, are far from typical victims, nor is this the kind of place such a murder would be expected. Capote does a remarkable job at an even-handed analysis and narrative treatment of all the characters, from the family itself to the townspeople and investigators, as well as the murderers themselves. Perhaps it is because he found an area of identification?
This is a psychological thriller of a sort - at least it would be, were it not a true life tale. Getting into the minds of the criminals and the investigators was no easy task for Capote, but what comes forth on the page is very crisp and insightful reporting, without the kinds of embellishments one might expect from a figure such as Capote when dealing with middle-America folk.
The question of why for the killing is still never fully resolved, despite Capote's attempt to set out all the story and psychological detail.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, chilling and gruesomely voyeuristic 16 Mar 2006
Hard to believe that this book was written by the same author who wrote "Breakfast at Tiffany's" but it was. Capote takes you right into the mind of a murderer and tracks the whole desolate affair from the deed itself through to punishment.
It's one of those great books where you are barely conscious of reading the thing. Ideas, events, emotions and images pass in front of you in all their horrifying clarity. A lot of people will come to this novel as a result of the recent movie Capote and may approach it armed with the experience of seeing many films that portray serial killers. But when this book was written in the early 60's, close scrutiny of murder and murderers was both shocking and very disturbing to the reading public.
While the impact of the novel may be reduced to 21st century readers jaded by violence, the quality, incisiveness and skill of Capote's writing conveys the detail, mechanics and mental state of a murderer in a way that has never been surpassed. A masterpiece.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unputdown-able book 3 Aug 2006
Like many others, I came across this book after seeing the film 'Capote'. It's such a good book that I just couldn't put it down. At the same time I really didn't want it to end, purely because of the superb quality of the writing and the knowledge that a book this good only comes along now and again. Capote draws you in and immerses you in the parallel worlds of the Clutters and their murderers Hicock and Smith. It's a credit to Capote that a book published in 1966 about four gruesome murders that took place in small town America in 1959 and where we know who did it and what the final outcome was, can still hold such a powerful sway today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing
This is a very good book ,beautifully written very clear, hard to put down , would recommend this to any one,
Published 23 hours ago by Elizabeth Louden-Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars in cold blood
Very good . And an interesting overview on American society too.

Maybe a bit heavy on the background of the two murderers.
Published 14 days ago by john Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of In Cold Blood by Trueman Capote
I like the fact that it is a true story. It is written in a way that you get to know the people involved.
Published 21 days ago by Mrs M Milward
4.0 out of 5 stars a modern classic
A very informative and interesting book that I've finally got round to reading! It was well worth the bargain price.
Published 22 days ago by soosiefloosie
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Best holiday read ever. Gripped from start to finish. Characters and story are shocking!! Read it read it. Read it
Published 25 days ago by gtiddiman
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stick with it
This book is written very weirdly. Couldn't stick with it, capote, goes in one direction and moves straight to another. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Aaron Ecclestone
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating read!
Interesting view of a murderer's mindset and somewhat normal characteristics. Impressively written and always engaging, Capote provides a psychological edge to this must-read... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sophie harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written
Like a lot of people after hearing of the passing of P H Seamore I watched Capote on DVD which in turn led me to seek out this book, I'm glad I did the words seem to flow... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Michael Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I watched the film "Capote" then when it finished I ordered the book straight way then by some huge ironic twist Phillip Seymour Hoffman past away the next day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Have read many true crime accounts and can say that this has got to be the best I have read. The writing makes you think you are reading a really good fictional story and that's... Read more
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“You are a man of extreme passion, a hungry man not quite sure where his appetite lies, a deeply frustrated man striving to project his individuality against a backdrop of rigid conformity. You exist in a half-world suspended between two superstructures, one self-expression and the other self-destruction. You are strong, but there is a flaw in your strength, and unless you learn to control it the flaw will prove stronger than your strength and defeat you. The flaw? Explosive emotional reaction out of all proportion to the occasion. &quote;
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“Feeling wouldn’t run half so high if this had happened to anyone except the Clutters. Anyone less admired. Prosperous. Secure. But that family represented everything people hereabouts really value and respect, and that such a thing could happen to them—well, it’s like being told there is no God. It makes life seem pointless. I don’t think people are so much frightened as they are deeply depressed.” &quote;
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