Title: In Cold Blood
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1965
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
343 pp. Early printing but not stated as first. Red cloth with author's initials in gold gilt on front cover. Gold gilt printing on spine. He attempts to create a new literary form -- the non-fiction novel. The book describes the gruesome murder of a family in Kansas along with the 2 men who were hanged for the crime. Made into a 1967 film by Richard Brooks that cast Robert Blake and Scott Wilson as the murderers Perry Smith and Eugene Hickock. Bookseller Inventory # 003346
Synopsis: 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Review: In Cold Blood was a groundbreaking work when released in 1966. With it, author Truman Capote contributed to a style of writing in which the reporter gets so far inside the subject, becomes so familiar, that he projects events and conversations as if he were really there. The style has probably never been accomplished better than in this book. Capote combined painstaking research with a narrative feel to produce one of the most spellbinding stories ever put on the page. Two two-time losers living in a lonely house in western Kansas are out to make the heist of their life, but when things don't go as planned, the robbery turns ugly. From there, the book is a real-life look into murder, prison, and the criminal mind.
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