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In Cold Blood

a True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
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May 17, 2021DBRL_ReginaF rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I lived in Garden City from third grade to eighth grade. I've been to the largest free swimming pool. I've driven by the Clutter house with it's tree-lined drive. I have avoided reading this book forever because it was just too close to…
Apr 06, 2021Tony_Jeffers rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The Love of money is the root of all evil: 1 Timothy 6:10. As in the time these terrible crimes took place we are living in a time of extreme economic disparity of wealth. Less than 1% of us hoarding over 50% of the wealth with their…
Nov 11, 2020dstradling rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
You can really tell that this book was written before the term "psychopath" was well-known. Capote is clearly absolutely fascinated and horrified, and maybe confused, by the actions of these two serial killers and career…
Jul 22, 2020AlexaLe rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Most of the time, we never really get to see a murder with the perspective of the murderer in mind. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, allows us to do just that by telling the tragic true story of the murder of a family in Kansas by Perry…
May 11, 2020Mztripp rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
A real exercise in commitment. This book drug on like January 2020. The side tangents were confusing and the writing style very dull.
May 06, 2020AndreaG_KCMO rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A riveting, nuanced examination of the crime and trial of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. Capote explores issues of psychology, law, religion, and family life in his vast recreation of community upheaval. With detailed description of the…
Feb 16, 2020dalewsaville rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Capote's book deserves the "masterpiece" designation. I found the book to be riveting and suspenseful, despite knowing the story through two different movies ("In Cold Blood" and "Capote"). It reads like a well written novel, opening on…
Jul 19, 2019deborahbates rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Probably good if you are into the True Crime genre. It was on my reading list for school, I found it a little dull and a little unpleasant.
Jun 02, 2019
“Imagination of course can open any door, turn the key and let terror walk right in.” -Truman Capote, author The author, Truman Capote, paints a vivid picture of the scene, the times, and the people involved as he develops…
Oct 04, 2018SimonRAD rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Top 5 True Crime book of all time. Flawless.
Sep 10, 2018
This was a great read. My wife, who usually is aghast at "all the negative media" I read and watch, said "oh, it's a classic". Due to subject matter, she would never be caught moribund reading it. But I liked it, the writing was superb.
May 05, 2018jachayden rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Not sure what all the fuss is about from the true-crime-fan community. I found it rather tedious and if it was not such a classic I would not have made myself finish it. Obviously I am happy that the killers were caught and they family can…
Feb 11, 2018mogie rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
It was a really detailed and well researched book but at the same time easy to read. If you like true crime I recommend it. I normally have difficulty reading alternating story lines but I did not with this book.
Cynthia_N
Library Staff
Dec 15, 2017
I was a little disappointed in this one. It wasn't bad but it just didn't live up to my expectations.
Jun 14, 2017JCLMattC rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Portions of this novel dragged for me, I'll admit, but the rest was exciting. Some parts were shattering. Having watched Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, I can't help but feel the author's presence lurking just outside the…
May 22, 2017QUASAR BEHN rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Mesmerizing!
Feb 07, 2017Amy_MarkhamPL rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Breathtaking and incredible, In Cold Blood is one of my favourite books of all time. Truman Capote's exhaustingly-researched true crime book, detailing a multiple murder and its consequences, reads like a haunting and beautiful novel. …
Nov 04, 2016rpavlacic rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Though true crime books were written before "In Cold Blood," Truman Capote's story - originally a series of four feature length articles in The New Yorker in 1965 prior to its publication in book form a year later - is the gold standard of…
Jun 05, 2016TSCPL_ChrisB rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
In Cold Blood is certainly riveting and, at times, gorgeously rendered. Some of the scenes come across as masterfully written fiction; of course, if you research the book after reading it, you'll find that some actually were fiction.
Sarah1984
May 06, 2016Sarah1984 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
7/6 - The original true crime novel. These days the murder of a family during a home invasion isn't as shocking as it was when In Cold Blood was written, so the description of the crime, and the scene afterward, didn't really bother me.…
Jun 17, 2015nannerl rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
After hearing about this book for so long, I was glad to have the opportunity to read it. It's an amazing look into all the details surrounding the murder of a Kansas farm family, including much fascinating info about the killers, what…
May 22, 2015ManMachine rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
In Cold Blood tells the true story of the seemingly senseless murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, in 1959. This book was written as if it were a novel, complete with dialogue, and is what Truman Capote referred to as "New…
Aug 01, 2014lbarkema rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Mostly I thought it was good and a fast-paced book but I could have done without the last fourth of the book, it dragged for me.
Jun 08, 2014wilqser rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Account of a brutal murder of a family in Kansas during the 1959 by a couple of drifters. The book takes us into the lives of the family and the rationale of the killers. Very well written novel; I wouldn't say it was a thriller, but more…
Mar 08, 2014KateHillier rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
It's a very well written book that reads more like a novel. You know full well how it ends, or how it must end if you're completely unfamiliar with the case, but you wonder about how and if the murderers are going to get caught. You are…