I would not so much as call it enjoyable, more like wart that you cannot help but stare at it... or a scab that you must pick or scratch. Could not put it down.
It is in a category all of its own. As hard as I tried, and believe me, I really tried to answer this query, not only for this review, but to share it with my wife, I could not find a comparison. Truman Capote took a horrendous topic, coupled it with some very despicable and valueless beings and told a tale of 2 individuals who shaped and filled the annals of criminal justice and life in a sleepy and uneventful life in Garden City, Kansas.
It was as if a very well informed neighbor or professor was telling you a story of events he had first hand knowledge of. A terrific story teller, which you could not help but wish that he would elbow you in the ribs and tell you... just kidding... god story... wasn't it
You cannot help but imagine and hope that it was a fiction book. But you know it is true. You know that there are animals like Smith and Hickok prowling our world, and only God and providence is keeping us apart from them. A scary thought indeed.
It was like a fiction thriller which you wanted to imagine and try to come up with various endings. Only when I kept reminding myself that it was not fiction, that it was a relatively honest portrayal of real life events that I was jolted awake by the tale.
I can't believe it took me this long to read this great book. I have been listening to IN COLD BLOOD while I am reading Gerald Clarke's great biography of Capote. Highly recommended.
Use your brain!!!
Wether you like it or not, you will see at least one characteristic of the two killers in your own life. The middle third of the book, I liked best. What a tragic story. Author paints a picture in your head while reading and that's all I ask in a good book.
Hearing the original book along with seeing Capote and the film In Cold Blood provides a deeper appreciation for this new literary form ......heartbreak and all. First saw movie with Robert Blake when it first came out and stayed impressed to this day.
I had always heard this was a must read. Finally got around to it, it did not disappoint. Classic America crime novel, beautifully written and wonderful told by Scott Brick.