Why this book?
It was the first book to show you how the justice system works, from the investigation, arrests, trial, and executions of the killers. It gave the readers the opportunity to see how each part of the justice system worked through the eyes of not only the victim’s families, but even the criminals that were involved in the case. This book became the blueprint for what would become the true crime non-fiction category of books.
In Cold Blood
Why should I read it?
11 authors picked In Cold Blood as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
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…