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ISBN: 0679745580 / ISBN-13: 9780679745587

In Cold Blood: A True Account of A Multiple Murder and Its Consequences


The chilling true crime 'non-fiction novel' that made Truman Capote's name, "In Cold Blood" is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis ... Show synopsis

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by Fosdick on Jun 28, 2012

Among the best, most intriguing and maybe most frightening books of its time. It is especially worthwhile if the reader understands the serious challenges and ultimate transformations of both the author himself and of the genre he created. Not your average true crime crap.


Bloody dull

by HesterPrine08 on Nov 3, 2008

As a fan of true crime books I was eager to read this one. Always curious about murders and the stories behind them I had high hopes for this. Not only did Capote forge a bond with the murderers but he was a respected author. I was hoping for a gripping story instead of the typical trashy pulp that most true crime stories are. Instead what I got was a dull story that left me so uninterested and unconnected to the men who committed the crimes and the victims I could only read this halfway. I gave it my best but gave up. Still so much tragedy and for what? Capote does dig deep into the convicted men's backgrounds for some sympathy but I just had none to give. I know that others out there will love this, this just wasn't the book for me.



by Maggy on Oct 21, 2007

In a generation of CSI and Law and Order, we don't often appreciate how hard it was for the general public to get information about murder cases in the early part of the twentieth century. The first non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood tells the story of two killers and their well-liked victims. This book reads like a novel, but is, in fact, purely non-fiction (Truman Capote had a ninety-seven percent conversation recall). This book changed my opinion of the death penalty; it really challenges your views, and makes you wonder how we can identify criminals versus victims of a mental disorder or bad circumstance.


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by truceleader on May 13, 2007

Almost everyone knows the story, but Truman Capote is a master at getting all the details from the criminals and the background of the victims. It is spelbounding and hard to put down. The book is better than the movie. Alibris can get it for you pronto at low cost!

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