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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. 

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates 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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An AP Assignment turned interesting
August 11th, 2013
Usually the AP Summer work I am assigned is quite boring, and I expected just as much with this book. However after the first chapter things quickly turned for the better and I quite enjoyed it. At times it can be slow and dull, but over all Capote keeps good pace and tells the story pretty well. This book provides great insight to the criminals of the world, with many more mentioned than just Smith and Hickock. All in all this book definitely shows insight into how criminals think and the events they go through after their crime is done. In particular to this case it's a long cold journey of ineffective appeals and impending death.
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