The Auburn Haired Magician (valca85) wrote,
The Auburn Haired Magician

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

I'd been eyeing this book for a while, so when I caught sight of it in a sales bin in one of the bookstores I frequent, I literally jumped for it. I did, really, practically knocked a woman off her feet in my frenzy.
I started reading it immediately and couldn't put it down. It is so well written; the phrases are astoundingly beautiful considering the subject matter. Capote does not shirk from the violence, however. The murder scene is as violent and seedy as you'd expect.
His characters are real people, no mean feat when they are in fact actual people that he's bringing to life on the page. The background stories of the murderers are captivating. There is no suspense as to who the killers are but still it's hard to put the book down once you pick it up, the lives of all these people mesh themselves to yours. Very much worth reading.

4 out of 5 Stars
Tags: capote, fiction

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