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Publisher's Summary

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

©1965 Truman Capote; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The resulting chronicle is a masterpiece, agonizing, terrible, possessed, proof that the times, so surfeited with disasters, are still capable of tragedy." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Great book!

Pretty grotesque, but excellent read. Narrator can be monotone-ish at times, though. Truman Capote's work is amazing!

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Great book

Loved it. Compelling and riveting. It was as if I was actually witnessing the story first hand.

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Excellent true crime book

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I slightly remember hearing about this murder a few times but never got the full story. This book goes through the grisly details through story form. It was interesting and unique to hear a true crime book to be told as a story. I would definitely suggest to anyone who is into learning about criminology and murders it's a solid read.

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Yes --this is a masterpiece

If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

Timeless, ground breaking, cold.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In Cold Blood?

I was impressed at detail that Capote included in the brutal upbringing, neglect, possible personality altering head injury of the criminals. It definitely held up over fifty years---not to excuse the crime. The title "in Cold Blood" is apt, as he shows that the criminals were sub human in their detachment from horror of their acts.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Great voice, easy to listen to.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I googled the family to learn more about life "after" the Truman Capote incursion and the massive invasion of their privacy. It was interesting to consider the book from the family perspective and how the spectacle of true crime was for them.

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Highly recommend.

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Great read

I was captivated from beginning to end. the narration was excellent and I enjoyed the character development.

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Kept me on the edge of my seat.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Great narration of this story

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As good today as when originally published!

Wonderful narrative of a troubling world and troubled people inside it. Many parallels in today's society regarding lack of empathy

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Craftsmenship

This story as written and read is full of excruciating detail that never becomes heavy or stumbling. As the listener I feel as acquainted with the perpetrators and their victims as anyone could be.Craftsmanship is my chosen title for this remarkable work for excellent reason. Story telling at its absolute best can be anticipated by lovers of true crime stories. Rich and wonderfully evocative.

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High-caliber listening

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Absorbing tale of the true-life brutal murders of a Kansas farm family, told in a novelistic fashion. Storylines of the family members and friends, the killers themselves, and the lawmen who tracked them down are woven together with great skill by Capote in what was arguably his best work. First-rate narration by Scott Brick conveys both the emotion and the horror surrounding the killings. Brick is so adept at this, the listener often feels like a voyeur, watching what shouldn't be seen.

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True experience

Wonderful classic. Vivid and haunting account. If it were a movie, it would be comparable to all the great murder mysteries out there now