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First published in 1965 as a four-part serial in The New Yorker, Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" details the grisly murder of a family of Kansas farmers by two enigmatic (and misinformed) ex-cons who expected a quick score with a safe full of cash, but instead found themselves as the centerpiece of this pioneering masterwork of the true crime genre. Filled with the kind of gory, detailed violence that we find commonplace today, the book was an immediate sensation.

After reading about the murders, Capote traveled to Kansas with his childhood friend Harper Lee (who would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel To Kill A Mockingbird) to interview the locals about the crime.

After the criminals were captured, tried, and convicted, Capote continued his copious research, conducting personal interviews with both killers in a book writing process that would ultimately last six years and outlast both Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who were hung in April of 1965 at the Kansas State Penitentiary.

Rumors persist to this day of a sexual relationship between Capote and Smith, for whom the author expressed a complicated and nuanced empathy. Three film adaptations did little to dispel the rumors and added to the rich pedigree of the book by garnishing a slew of Academy Award nominations.

Despite the acclaim he received for In Cold Blood and his earlier novella Breakfast At Tiffany's, Capote -- the outwardly gay, substance-abusing writer -- was arguably more famous than his work. He spent his last years maintaining his celebrity status by appearing on talk shows -- sometimes intoxicated -- and at one point publicly threatened suicide. His struggle with drugs and alcohol led to multiple stints in rehab and his untimely death from liver cancer in 1984.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • The best documentary account of an American crime ever written. . . . The book chills the blood and exercises the intelligence . . . harrowing. The New York Review of Books

  • "A masterpiece . . . a spellbinding work. Life

  • A remarkable, tensely exciting, superbly written 'true account.' The New York Times
     
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anna | 5/22/2011

    " i've always been fascinated by the mind of a criminal. i can't think of anything else to say, except that this book is awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anushka | 5/20/2011

    " Quite a disturbing account of a real life murder....an honest portrayal of the murderers friendship and their crime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pascal | 5/20/2011

    " At the end of Page 1 I was hooked. One of the few books I have read multiple (more than two) times. That says it all. A masterpiece of writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 5/19/2011

    " Chilling but very well researched and written. "

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