In Cold Blood review

I went from a book about fictional multiple murderers to a non-fiction one: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I figure since it still makes sense to read books from the last century, it must still make sense to write reviews of them as well. This is an exceptionally thorough and even-handed recounting of the shocking murders of four members of the Clutter family in their Kansas ranch house in 1959. I found it so comprehensive, in fact, that I recommended it to my wife, who has a degree in criminal justice. One may find it hard to believe that a book about ruthless murders can be beautiful written, but Capote had the uncanny ability to do just that. I was left with the impression not of the shooting deaths of the family, nor the hanging deaths of the two killers, but of the breeze in the wheat fields that surrounded Holcomb, Kansas. In that sense, the title doesn’t fit the book even if it does fit the crime described therein.


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