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This review is from: In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Quite simply, this book affects the reader on a moral level. There are some disturbing moments, which defy the convention that blood and gore are mandatory to achieve that end. Capote uses cunning prose, and truly invloves the reader by taking you deep into the mind of the killers, and before this, deep into the heart of the family, that one already knows are to be slain.
The scene of the discovery of the bodies and the retrospective account of Smith are especially disturbing, as is Dick's utter disregard for human life (illustrated during the hitchhiking scene), but then we see the conditions and politics surrounding death row, and actually sympathise with the killers, especially as 'The Corner' looms ever closer.
It is through Perrys eyes and experiences that touches one the most. Sure, his life was hard, and there is some talk of a mental condition that places him in a trance like state during the killings, but it almost seems that he could have grown into a respectable citizen, were it not for incidents in his past and the schemings of Dick.
Buy this book, for a truly moving experience.