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In Cold Blood reader » Paperback Read ↠ ❰Reading❯ ➸ In Cold Blood Author Truman Capote – 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 moti On NovemOn Novemberin 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 Truman Capote image from the NY Post 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down Capote looks at how the townspeople react to this Many fearful that one of their own was responsible become withdrawn How do people mourn He looks at the seuence of investigation that leads ultimately to the capture of the suspects focusing on one of the chief investigators He looks in depth at the criminals What makes them tick How could people do such awful things In reading this I was reminded of some of the great panoramic art works of a bygone age works by Bosch Breughel in which entire towns were brought together into one wide screen image This is what Capote has done But even with all the territory he covers there is considerable depth I was also reminded for an entirely different reason of Thomas Hardy Capote has an incredible gift for language He writes beautifully offering descriptions that can bring to tears anyone who truly loves language It has the power of poetry This is truly a classic a book that defined a new genre of literature If you haven’t read it you mustMurderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith image from ABC AustraliaIn case you are in the market and in the neighborhood this 102419 item from SF Gate by Clare Trapasso might be of interest The Untold Story Behind the Infamous 'In Cold Blood' Murder House—and Why It's for Sale

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Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture trial and execution of In Cold Epubthe killers he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy At the center of his study are the amoral young killers Perr 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 that I rate this thrilling classic five stars On November 15 1959 Richard Dick Hickock and Perry Smith on a tip from another inmate brutally murdered four members of the Clutter family of Holcomb Kansas Having heard that the Clutters possessed either a safe or 10000 cash in their home Smith and Hickock desired this wealth for themselves so that they could live out their days in a Mexican beach resort To their surprise and chagrin the Clutters did not have neither the safe nor the cash but Hickock had said to leave no witnesses Crime committed the pair escaped to a life of continued crimes and violence and believing that authorities would never catch up with them And in the beginning it appeared that this ill advised lifestyle might actually work Due to the relentless work of the Kansas Bureau of Investigations KBI lead by Alvin Dewey Hickock and Smith were eventually brought to justice and ultimately given the death penalty Capote weaves a tale by giving us the backstory of both felons as well as a picture of Holcomb and nearby Garden City Kansas as an idyllic place to raise a family The crime changed everything Families kept their doors locked and did not allow their children to venture far from home In the surrounding areas people viewed their lives as a before and after Inevitably the Clutter case lead to less community interaction and a beginning of a breakdown of society Yet by providing the backstories of the felons Capote allows the the readers to emphasize with their place in society Dick Hickock was on his way to finishing at the top of his class with a possible athletic scholarship and a degree in engineering His family could not afford a university education even with the scholarship so Hickock went to work An automobile accident left him partially brain damaged as his parents maintained that he was not the same person since and this one incident lead to his adult life of crime Smith on the other hand lead a bleak childhood to the point where readers would feel sorry for him Coming from a fractured family and only a third grade education Smith suffered from a superiority complex his entire life His role in the Clutter murders was the consummation of a lifetime of rejection The felons came from diametrically opposed upbringings and yet I was left feeling remorse for both Capote pieced together the crime to the point where I felt that I knew the people of Holcomb as well as the principal players in the crime intimately This work lead to a new genre that brings together nonfiction and fiction in a way that history feels like a story Both Capote and his research assistant Harper Lee ended up as award winning authors Their fictional writing skills allowed for the personalization of this tale and ultimately help change the way many write nonfiction Truman Capote is one of 20th America's master storytellers and In Cold Blood is by many considered his opus His research was detail oriented and allowed him to bring the story of the Clutter murders to the average American home After completing this five star work painting the picture of the how's and whys of murder I look forward to reading of his charming Southern stories

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In Cold BloodY Smith and Dick Hickcock who vividly drawn by Capote are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative A seminal work for the nonfiction 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 uality gives In Cold Blood a dimension which few other nonfiction novels will match The evolution of the form since In Cold Blood is nothing short of astonishing It makes you appreciate how different the experience of reading the book is now compared to when the book was published Yet it is not a stuffy classic This work made the world safe for nonfiction Definitely worth reading