In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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 killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold...


Details In Cold Blood

TitleIn Cold Blood
ISBN9780679745587
Author
Release DateAug 6th, 1994
PublisherVintage
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages343 pages
GenreNonfiction, Classics, Crime, True Crime, Mystery, Audiobook
Rating

Reviews In Cold Blood

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2012-06-17
    "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: Blond. Eyes: Blue. Build: Stout. Comp: Ruddy. Occup: Car Painter. Crime: Cheat & Defr. & Bad Checks. Paroled: 8-13-59 By: So. K.C.K.Bottom Picture Smith, Perry Edward (WM) 27-59. Birthplace: Nevada. H...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2017-03-27
    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, acquaintances, and community around the victims and the the hair-raising stories of Perry and Bobby, the murderers. It is a real page-turner - I couldn't put it down!...
  • Brina
    2016-10-18
    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 read. Writing in his relaxing southern style, Capote turns a horrid crime into a story to make the how's and whys accessible to the average American. It is in this regard tha...
  • Amy Galaviz
    2008-03-28
    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, gripping, and suspenseful from beginning to end. Capote, with his impartial writing style, relayed facts and details in such a way as to give a complete character illustratio...
  • Justin
    2017-05-04
    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 people in the world out working hard and going to school and being awesome people in the town. And, I know there's all this controversy over how the book is written since it ...
  • Matthew
    2017-06-22
    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 like your basic true crime story, at the time it was groundbreaking to detail a crime in this much detail and in a format as big as a novel.One of the things it app...
  • Stephen
    2010-03-14
    PART 1: STEVE’S REVIEW4.0 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 true crime novel. I would certainly agree that most of the other true crime novels that I have read followed almost the exact "blue print" laid out by Capote in this book. That is quit...
  • Will Byrnes
    2008-10-20
    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 four family members present and leave no witnesses. It takes some time for the perpetrators to be identified, then tracked down. Capote looks at how the townspeople react to this. Many, fearful that one of their ...
  • Lyn
    2013-04-20
    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 as fresh, vibrant and malevolent as when the ink was wet. The style of writing has no doubt inspired generations of writers since, but their imitation has done little ...
  • Jason
    2011-12-21
    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.Beginning with a day-in-the-life of the Clutter family shortly before four of its members were slain, Mr. Hoffman presents the real-life tale of the murders (as well as i...
  • Mark
    2016-03-10
    Unashamedly my favourite book of all time. Written originally as a piece for the New York Post by Capote, he later developed it into this novel.I have very little to say of the plot because YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK YOURSELF. The dawning of a new type of literature - the true crime book - but still not as we know it today. Today's true crime are full of fact after grisly fact, who shot who and countless mass murders or gangland wars. Don't get m...
  • Ɗắɳ 2.☊
    2016-10-12
    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 captivate me. In fact, it took me nearly the same amount of time to read Stephen King’s kitten squisher of a novel The Stand as it did this book, which is roughly the...
  • J.L. Sutton
    2016-01-05
    A seminal work for the non-fiction 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 also very well-written. In fact, its literary quality gives In Cold Blood a dimension which few other non-fiction novels will match. The evolution of the form, since In Cold Bloo...
  • Jason
    2009-09-24
    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 see the mug shots, the murdered family, the courtroom stills, the crime scene, each room that held a body with a head blown open like a busted melon.Capote breathes such rea...
  • Reev Robledo
    2012-08-26
    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 commas and dashes—his keen sense of observation (and exaggeration) is both impressive and tiring at the same time. I felt that Truman probably held the details of every...
  • Jilly
    2017-07-06
    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 in Kansas and it was a big deal. Not like these days. We hardly flinch anymore when the weekly killing spree is on the news. Truman Capote was super obsessed with this case and took his ...
  • Ginger
    2015-10-20
    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 about true crime that I have ever read. Hands down.After painting a peaceful scene in the Midwest plains of America, evil makes it's presence felt. This is how the boo...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    2014-10-08
    This was the best story about true crime that I have read. Capote's description of these events is riveting and everybody should read it, whether they like books on true crime or not.
  • K.D. Absolutely
    2009-08-15
    A couple of weeks back, a disgruntled former senior inspector Rolando Mendoza from the Manila Police District shot and killed eight Hong Kong tourists ending the hostage crisis drama that lasted for around 10 hours. This took place at the Quirino Grandstand in the heart of Manila, Philippines. The whole nation was stunned while watching the images unfolding on TV screens. The whole world watched with us as the events are covered by CNN. Mendoza's...
  • Darwin8u
    2017-02-07
    "I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat."- Truman Capote, In Cold BloodI'm not sure why I waited so long to sit down and read this novel. I've read and enjoyed Other Voices, Other Rooms and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Perhaps, it is just that the novel wasn't very, well, novel. Without having read it I felt I already knew it. I was surrounded by New Nonfiction inspired by Truman Capot...
  • Stepheny
    2012-10-30
    Holcomb, Kansas November 15, 1959(Herbert, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon)Four of the six members of the Clutter family were bound, gagged and murdered in their home. Herb and Bonnie and two of their four children-Nancy age 16 and Kenyon age 15. The family was well-liked within the community and was generally known for being “good people”. Two parolees had heard that Mr. Clutter was a man of wealth and that he had a safe tucked away inside his home...
  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    2010-11-21
    At first I wasn't going to compose a review about this book. Considering the adapted-to-screen version, the biographical film centering around this period in the author's life, the seemingly infinite number of editions printed over the last 40+ years, the massive hype surrounding the murders/murderers even today, the more than likely THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of reviews already written about the novel, and the general rock-stardom that IS Truman Ca...
  • Jean
    2013-09-18
    As an English reader I had not heard of the Clutter massacre, and all I knew about Truman Capote was his novel "Breakfast at Tiffany's". It took a while before I recognised this novel as truly great. The 1950's domesticity did not appeal to me. It seemed alien, claustrophobic, gender-specific and rather dull. But after a while I realised the genius in describing the setting of this time and place to the minutest detail. The "New York Times" calls...
  • Duane
    2016-11-25
    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 committed that rocks us to the core; a crime so senseless, so brutal, that it defies explanation. This murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb Kansas in 1959 is just such a cri...
  • Mandy Crider
    2015-09-06
    For the longest time I thought this book was about the mob. Truman Capote just sounded like a name associated with the mob to me. My father in law told me to read it and gave it to me stating it was a true murder mystery that happened in KS. The story started out slow for me I really just wanted to read about the murders and what really happened in that house. The story was set up in four sections and for good reason which I won't spoil for those...
  • Jeremiah
    2008-12-17
    I originally thought this book would be a page turner on hypothermia. Being that thermoregulation keeps human blood at about 100 degrees, and hypothermia sets in at the high 90's, I assumed "cold" blood would be around 60 degrees...meaning instant death.However, I did completely misjudge the book and its subject. Well played, Mr. Capote...well played.
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2014-11-24
    In Cold Blood, Truman Capoteعنوانها: عنوان: به خونسردی؛ به خونسردی - شرح واقعی قتل چهار نفر و پی آمدهای آن؛ در کمال خونسردی؛ نویسنده: ترومن کاپوتی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفدهم سپتامبر سال 1998 میلادیعنوان: به خونسردی؛ نویسنده: ترومن کاپوت؛ مترجم: باهره راسخ؛ تهران، ...
  • Susan
    2017-06-22
    When this book was suggested for my bookclub, I was intrigued. It is one of those books that I have meant to read forever and, indeed, it was published in 1966, the year I was born, so it was interesting for me to read just from that angle (even if it was first serialised in the ‘New Yorker’ in 1965). Like so many great things that are created, this was inspired by something quite inconspicuous; a one column story which appeared in a newspape...
  • Edward
    2017-06-08
    Acknowledgements--In Cold Blood
  • Rolls
    2007-03-06
    Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" is a highly disconcerting read. After painting an idyllic scene we'd expect from the Midwestern setting evil makes it's presence felt. The blood is chilled and the heart gripped as a result.As everyone must know by now this is considered the first nonfiction novel. All the bare facts of this story actually took place. A family of four was indeed murdered in their home by two unknown assailants on 14 November 1959. ...