In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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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.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2006
ISBN: 9780739345627
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott

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Jun 22, 2017

I loved the book, but I think Mr. Capote became a little too sympathetic towards the two perpetrators near the end!

Jun 20, 2017

I remember this as being the time my parents started making sure the doors were locked at night. So did everybody else in Kansas.

bookishdl Jun 21, 2016

I was utterly absorbed with this book and the portrayal by Capote of the two killers. The backstory of the impact this had on Capote is equally dramatic and I'd like to discover more about that. Capote manages to challenge the reader to view the killers on different levels and manages to humanise them despite the callous and vile crime they committed; and we mustn't forget, they both colluded and took part in the crime they were charged with, despite doubt about who actually pulled the trigger. The book evoked a gambit of emotions for not only the criminals but their victims, their families and the law enforcement officers that had to deal with the aftermath of a shocking event.

JCLHopeH Oct 10, 2013

Many years ago I watched the movie "Capote" and decided it was time to read the book that resulted from title character's work. While the story doesn't move quickly, I still found it alluring, knowing that this really happened, and recognizing various Kansas and Kansas City area features didn't hurt. I could really place myself in the setting. I am fascinated, mystified, and horrified by the minds and musing of murderers, and narrator Scott Brick does an excellent job of capturing the vulnerability, horror, and spirit of the subject.

Dec 11, 2011

Written over 45 years ago, this account still can make the hair on your neck rise, particularly since so many of the places in Kansas are familiar.


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