Genre: Narrative Nonfiction
Length: 343 pages
Audiobook Length: 14 hours and 27 minutes
First Published: 1966
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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.
Quotes from In Cold Blood
It is no shame to have a dirty face – the shame comes when you keep it dirty
Imagination, of course, can open any door – turn the key and let terror walk right in.
I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.
It is easy to ignore the rain if you have a raincoat.
There’s got to be something wrong with us. To do what we did.
Movie Trailer for In Cold Blood (1967)
About Truman Capote
Truman Capote was an American author who was a founder of narrative nonfiction with his true crime book, In Cold Blood. He is also well-known for his novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but also wrote a number of books including Other Voices, Other Rooms, A Christmas Memory and Music for Chameleons. Capote was also a childhood friend of author Harper Lee and the inspiration for the character of Dill in her famous book, To Kill a Mockingbird.