In Cold Blood – Truman Capote


Chosen by Suzy

Considered the original non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood details the 1959 murders of Kansas farmer Herbert Clutter and his family

♥ “In this book, the author explores the true story of the murders of the Clutter family in rural Kansas. The Clutters were found in their home bound and shot in 1959. Immediately upon the news of the murders, people in the small town of Holcomb began to fear their neighbours, convinced someone local could be the only possible suspect. A special unit of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation was formed specifically to investigate the case.

“Capote follows the search for the killers, as they travel the length of country, interacting with strangers who closely escape their next crime. The capture, confession, and trial of the two men responsible are detailed in the book providing a full cycle of events surrounding the murders.

In Cold Blood was a first of its kind, a true crime narrative.”

♥ “A chilling story that kind of crept up on me. Chilling because it was a true story. But also I think knowing the events that took place at the beginning of the book left me unprepared for almost feeling empathy for the killers at the end of it!” – Nadine

♥ “Aside from biographies, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. But this is the kind of non-fiction I do like. A nail-biting, well-built plot made all the more astounding by knowing it actually happened and what’s more was the first of its kind. I enjoyed hearing the story behind the story, too, in regards to Capote’s subsequent interaction with the murders while in prison.” – Rachel


Published 1994
343 pages

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