In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood is a 1966 book by American author Truman Capote detailing the brutal 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, a successful farmer from Holcomb, Kansas, his wife, and two of their four children. When Capote learned of the quadruple murder, before the killers were captured, he decided to travel to Kansas and write about the crime. He was accompanied by his childhood friend and fellow author Nelle Harper Lee, and together they interviewed local residents and investigators assigned to the case and took thousands of pages of notes. The killers, Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith, were arrested some six weeks after the murders, and Capote ultimately spent six years working on the book. The book became the greatest crime seller at the time and is almost universally acknowledged as one of the best books of its type ever written.

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    A former member

    6 thoughtful people attended. The book is just as disturbing now as it was when it was published in 1965. One irony: the braggadocio by one prison inmate to another about the riches that a farmer kept in a nonexistent safe led to the robbery attempt, and the braggadocio of one psychopath to another about beating an unarmed, unsuspecting, innocent nonexistent black man with a motorcycle chain was the taunt that led to the murder of an entire family.

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would say that anyone would like "Mockingbird", the bio of Harper Lee, which describes her contribution to this book as well. She has lived much of her life in NYC, a very private sort of person, but she was Capote's best friend and was out there in Kansas with him most of that time. Just another dimension.

    May 18, 2012

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