In Cold Blood is a nonfiction novel by Truman Capote that was first published in 1966 after first appearing in The New Yorker in a series of articles in 1965. In perhaps the most famous true crime book of all time, Capote reconstructs the investigation of the 1959 murders of a family of four in rural Kansas that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers—generating 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.


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