In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

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 kill On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered...

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Title:In Cold Blood
Author:Truman Capote
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:In Cold Blood
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:343 pages pages

In Cold Blood Reviews

  • Amy Galaviz
    Mar 28, 2008
    After I read it, I looked up pictures of the Clutter family, and just stared for about five minutes. They endured what is probably everyone?s worst fear. Having never heard anything of the Clutter murders prior to reading this book, the experience of reading it was intense, grippi...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Nov 24, 2014
    In Cold Blood, Truman Capote This article is about the book by Truman Capote. In Cold Blood is a non-fiction novel by American author Truman Capote, first published in 1966; it details the 1959 murders of four members of the Herbert Clutter family in the small farming community of H...
  • Stephen
    Mar 14, 2010
    PART 1: STEVE?S REVIEW 4.0 to 4.5 stars. Written over a period of 7 years and published in 1966, this novel, while not technically the first ?true crime? non-fiction novel, is credited (correctly) with establishing the genre and being the progenitor of today's tru...
  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 20, 2008
    Truman Capote - image from the NY Post This is one of the great ones. Capote blankets Holcomb, Kansas with his curiosity. The root of this work is a ghastly crime. Two recently released convicts, seeking a fortune that did not exist, invade the Clutter family home, tie up the fou...
  • Jason
    Sep 24, 2009
    Within 10 minutes of finishing In Cold Blood you'll be on the internet searching for pictures of the killers and victims of this real world multiple-slaying narrated brilliantly by Truman Capote. The photos are there, and like a voyeur, you'll be drawn, captivated, needing to...
  • Justin
    May 04, 2017
    At the beginning, In Cold Blood reads like a classic southern gothic tale. I've read about Harper Lee hanging out with Capote while he put this thing together, and at times it feels like she greatly influenced how it was written. You meet the Clutters who are just the nicest peopl...
  • Brina
    Oct 18, 2016
    In Cold Blood is the new school classics selection in the group catching up on classics for November 2016. Having read Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's recently and enjoying his writing, I could not wait to read this nonfiction thriller in advance of the upcoming group ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Jun 17, 2012
    "How much money did you get from the Clutters?" "Between forty and fifty dollars." Top Picture Hickock, Richard Eugene (WM)28 KBI 97 093; FBI 859 273 A. Address: Edgerton, Kansas. Birthdate 6-6-31 Birthplace K.C., Kans. Height: 5-10 Weight: 175 Hair: Blo...
  • JEN A
    Mar 05, 2020
    I know this book is considered a masterpiece. I know that I?m supposed to love it and be touched by its revolutionary take on the True crime genre but for some reason I just kept falling asleep while reading it. The novel addresses many key points about crime in the late 50s, abo...
  • J.L.   Sutton
    Jan 05, 2016
    A seminal work for the nonfiction novel and the true crime genre, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood stands apart from most of its literary descendants. Not only is it compelling and suspenseful even when you know (like many crime dramatizations) what's going to happen, it's ...
  • Jason
    Dec 21, 2011
    It is clear from reading In Cold Blood that not only is Philip Seymour Hoffman an excellent writer, but he is also an in-depth researcher. Every line in this book is painstakingly detailed and therein, as they say, is the devil. Well, the devil had me hooked from start to finish. Be...
  • Julie
    Sep 27, 2020
    Reading Road Trip 2020 Current location: Kansas How can I explain this? It was like I wasn't part of it. More as though I was reading a story. And I had to know what was going to happen. The end. If you ask a random American to name a book they associate with the state of...
  • Lyn
    Apr 20, 2013
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote was described by its author as a non-fiction novel. The novel was first published in 1965 and at the time this style of writing, perhaps even the template for a new genre, was fresh and new and bold. Almost 50 years later and the disturbing images are...
  • David Putnam
    May 13, 2020
    This story made a huge impact on my life. There were six of us kids and come summer my mother couldn't handle all of us so she farmed me out every year to the aunts. One aunt lived in Indio. My mother put me on a Greyhound bus and nine years old; all alone with my brown paper groc...
  • Reev Robledo
    Aug 26, 2012
    Capote paints perfect pictures of every character. You can almost feel them breathing right beside you. Their thoughts, their mannerisms, their physique, their psyche, etc. Bravo. He painstakingly describes every detail?with thousands of commas and dashes preceding thousands of co...
  • jessica
    Apr 01, 2020
    as a massive bookworm and true crime enthusiast, i have no explanation for why its taken me so long to read this. maybe its because i prefer my true crime stories in the form of documentaries and podcasts. regardless, i was super excited to finally pick up the book that is considered t...
  • Ginger
    Oct 20, 2015
    I thought to myself, do I need to write another review for one of the best true crime books ever written? And then I thought, yeah, you do. You?ve written reviews on terrible, stupid and boring books and a book this good, it definitely deserves another one. This is the best story abo...
  • Matthew
    Jun 22, 2017
    This book is one of the first, if not the first, true crime novel. According to Wikipedia, only Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders has sold more copies in the True Crime category than In Cold Blood. While true crime fans might read this today and think that it sounds ...
  • Duane
    Nov 25, 2016
    With all the commonplace violence we are faced with today, bombarded constantly by a 24/7 news cycle, portrayals of violence in movies, video games, etc., it's easy to see why there may be a level of indifference, even apathy toward the problem. But occasionally a crime is committ...
  • Jilly
    Jul 06, 2017
    Every once in a while I feel the need to get a couple of IQ points back by reading something that is considered a "classic" or won prizes or whatever. So, this book is based on a real murder that happened way back in the 1950's. A family was killed in a small town...
  • Annemarie
    Aug 23, 2020
    This honestly is one of the best books I have ever read and it certainly was the best non-fiction book I have ever read. I was utterly captivated by it, from start to finish. The way it was written was just so perfect and fitting - incredibly suspenseful and matter of fact, but still...
  • Michael
    Oct 18, 2019
    A sprawling, unflinching look into a grisly small-town murder motivated by greed and enabled by an astounding indifference to human suffering, written in arresting prose that fully renders the psychology of the perpetrators and victims alike. ...
  • emma
    Feb 16, 2018
    I do not, as I have said many a time, feel things very often. I am just shy of being a sociopathic monster, mainly because I consider myself to be way too cute and charming for that. (Except sociopaths are capable of charm...huh. Back to the drawing board.) Anyway. Even in my actual...
  • Brandice
    Oct 16, 2018
    In Cold Blood is a non-fiction recount about the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas on a November night in 1959. Admittedly, I knew very little of the story prior to reading this book, as this took place well before my time, nearly 30 years before I was born. This is the f...
  • megs_bookrack
    Jun 26, 2018
    An absolute masterpiece of True Crime literature. In Cold Blood is both gritty and intelligent! This should be on everyone's 'books to read in a lifetime' list. The writing style of this account is absolutely flawless. As many of you may know, In Cold Blood is...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Mar 27, 2017
    I just wonder why it took me so long to get this masterpiece on my currently-reading shelf. What a breathtaking story! And told in the most amazing novelistic style! The cold-blooded murders in Kansas in 1956 is described by a cold, distant narrator via the interviews of the family, ac...
  • Peter
    Dec 21, 2020
    Chilling An outstanding and powerful work of literature, even more impressive because it conveyed true crimes, a profound investigative insight, the vivid sense of time and place, and the atmosphere that cloaked the evil events carried out on November 15 in 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas. T...
  • Lucy Langford
    Nov 23, 2018
    Between 3.5-4****. ?I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.? This is one of Capote?s most famous works. The non-fiction, true crime account, of the quadruple murder of the Clutter Family in the small t...
  • Greta
    Aug 06, 2020
    The real crime nonfiction-novel The murder of the Clutter family in 1959 "In Cold Blood" reconstructs the murder of the Clutter family in 1959 as a nonfiction- novel. Truman Capote's study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances s...
  • Ɗẳɳ  2.☊
    Apr 10, 2014
    This book is another example of why I?m not all that interested in nonfiction, or maybe it?s just true crime in general. The writing was stellar, the characterization was well done, the scenes were vividly captured, and the dialog was spot-on. Yet this story somehow failed to capti...