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Paperback, First Vintage International edition, 343 pages
Published: 1994 by Vintage (first published January 17th 1966)
Original Title: In Cold Blood
ISBN: 0679745580 (ISBN13: 9780679745587)
Edition Language: English
Characters: Perry Edward Smith, Richard Hickock, Herb Clutter, Bonnie Clutter, Nancy Clutter, Kenyon Clutter, Alvin Dewey…less
Setting: Holcombe, Kansas (United States)
Literary Awards: Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime (1966)
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.