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In Cold Blood (Popular Penguins) (original 1965; edition 2008)

by Truman Capote (Author)

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National Bestseller  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.… (more)
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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)

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Just a good read. If you know the basic story behind a story, you know how it is going to come out, and you still enjoy reading it, you are still fully engaged, then the story is well-told. That was In Cold Blood for me. Certainly the mid-West of this book has become my adopted part of the country and reading a story that is set in this part of the country adds some interest, but that was a minor effect. The writing was clear and straight-forward; it did not get between you and the story. The story drew you along with the chance to get to know the Clutters and to try and reach some understanding of what motivated Perry and Dick. For a book that supposedly established a new genre, it set a high bar. The story was as interesting to read today as I can imagine it was when it was first published. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
I overall enjoyed the book, but thought that it would have been more effective had it truncated the trial/incarceration section. ( )
  kohrmanmj | Sep 21, 2020 |
It would be presumptuous to do a review of this book, where so many others have. It did break my resolution to be a harder "grader." Five stars was a no-brainer. Astounding, breathtaking. A writing style that is almost invisible, yet drives forward like a metronome. I really can't explain why it tok me 50(!) years to get to this but so glad that I finally did. ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
Superbly written but my modern sensibilities found it oddly structured and paced. If you’re interested in a slow, simmering insight into a community, the motivations and backgrounds of two very different killers and the minutiae of an investigation and court case then this is all that and more. It’s just not a thrill a minute page turner. ( )
  DavidArrowsmith | Sep 12, 2020 |
Good read ( )
  devendradave | Sep 1, 2020 |
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If nothing else, In Cold Blood justifies another Capote conviction: that when reportage commands the highest literary skills, it can approach the level of art.
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Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colacello, BobIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cornips, ThérèseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fujita, S. NeilCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Een waar verslag van een viervoudige moord en zijn gevolgen.
Freres humains qui apres nour vivez

N'ayez les cuers contre nous endurcis,

Car, se pitie de nous povres avez,

Dieu en aura plus tost de vous mercis

Francois Villon
Ballade des pendus
Brothers, men who live after us,
Let not your hearts be hardened against us,
Because, if you have pity for us poor men,
God will have more mercy toward you.
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FOR Jack Dunphy AND Harper Lee
WITH MY LOVE AND GRATITUDE
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The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call 'out there'.
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Mensenbroeders, gij die na ons leeft, wil niet verbitterd aan ons denken, want wie erbarmen met ons armen heeft, zal God veel eerder zijn genade schenken. (François Villon - Ballade der gehangenen)
In over three months I practically never left the Broadway area. For one thing, I didn't have the right clothes. Just Western clothes - jeans and boots. But there on Forty-second Street nobody cares, it all rides - anything. My whole life, I never met so many freaks.
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National Bestseller  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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Two cons kill family.
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Penguin Australia

4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141182571, 014103839X, 0141043083, 0241956838

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