Book Review: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

I hired the film Capote not that long ago, and was blown away by the performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is set around Capote’s struggles in researching and writing the book In Cold Blood. After seeing the film, I had an insatiable need to read the book that forms the basis of the storyline.



In Cold Blood is an account of a true story that took place in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. On the 14th of November, 1959, two men broke into the house of the Clutter family, and methodically slaughtered the family members one by one. The two men were caught and sentenced to death. Capote carefully researched every aspect of the murders and spoke extensively with the murders to come up with the most accurate account of what happened that cold November morning. The result is a chilling tale that is guaranteed to intrigue you from the first page to the last.



I literally couldn’t put this book down. I ploughed through it in a few days, and I found it to be frighteningly detailed. I was particularly interested in the meticulous account that Capote gives of the inner lives of the murders, with whom he spent countless hours talking, interviewing and sharing meals. He also managed to get his hands on the diary of one of the killers, which paints a frightening picture of a man destined for crime.



I recommend this book for anybody who loves an accurate, well-researched true story, as well as lovers of crime novels and television series such as C.S.I.


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