In Cold Blood - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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In Cold Blood - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 03/02/2000
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The chilling true crime 'non-fiction novel' that made Truman Capote's name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative published in Penguin Modern Classics.

Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote's comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved.

At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human.

Truman Capote (1924-84) was born in New Orleans. He left school when he was fifteen and subsequently worked for The New Yorker, which provided his first - and last - regular job. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction - short stories, novels and novellas, travel writing, profiles, reportage, memoirs, plays and films; his other works include In Cold Blood (1965), Music for Chameleons (1980) and Answered Prayers (1986), all of which are published in Penguin Modern Classics.

If you enjoyed In Cold Blood, you might like Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs' And the Hippos were Boiled in their Tanks, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'It is the American dream turning into the American nightmare ...By juxtaposing and dovetailing the lives and values of the Clutters and those of the killers, Capote produces a stark image of the deep doubleness of American life ...a remarkable book' - Spectator

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141182575
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 263 g
Dimensions: 198 x 131 x 28 mm

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“Cold, chilling, scary, slightly confusing...”

Written about the Clutter family murders in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959, the journey of the murderers from the crime scene to death row paralleled with the police investigation. But this book plays with your conscience... More

Paperback edition
27th January 2012
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“Grim and Compelling”

This is an impartial, true life story, about the cold blooded murder of a rural farming family in Kansas.

The Clutter family lived a hard, but uncomplicated, life, and were well respected in the community, and as far... More

Paperback edition
12th September 2013
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“In Cold Blood”

In my opinion, the best true crime book ever written. Though officially a 'non-fiction novel', Truman Capote undertook extensive research and spent many hours with the killers before writing the book to... More

Paperback edition
22nd November 2012
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