Truman Capote, “In Cold Blood”

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Truman Capote, “In Cold Blood”

First released in 1966, “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote it’s one of the greatest books of all time. Frequently ranked high on best book listings, it does deserves the good fame it has. The book is a non-fictional account of the Clutter family massacre in Holcomb, Arkansas, 1959. The extend research work that Capote did for this book created a new style and genre, one that mixes the story of the crimes with the background of the killers and the last days of the Clutter family. As you read it, you feel as you’re in place and witnessing the murders, as much as from the victim perspective as from the killers, and knowing it all happened makes you feel nervous, anguished at times. Capote traveled to the location where the crimes took place and conducted several interviews with locals who knew the family, he also was able to gain the trust of the killers Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith and engaged in a trust relationship with both of them that went beyond the role of the simple interviewer, diving into deep personal facts of both men, that causes the complex situation in the book where you are able to feel at times empathy for them, he spent 6 years working on the book that was only released after both men were executed . This is a book that doesn’t gets dated, it reaches to the darkness of the human soul, the fact that the capacity of men to commit such evil crimes such as the ones that Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith did still exists and always will, prevent that. Over the time there has been TV and movie adaptations of the book, most notably the movie “Capote” from 2005. However, cannot replace the thrill and excitement of reading the book as Truman Capote wrote. “In Cold Blood” it’s as raw and real as it gets on crime novels, a diamond that is never in the rough, it’s always polished from the first opening word to the last.

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