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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences is considered by many to be the first work of the true crime genre. In this groundbreaking book, Truman Capote reconstructs the murder of the Clutter family from information provided by newspaper articles and interviews.
'Dick became convinced that Perry was that rarity, "a natural killer" - absolutely sane, but conscienceless, and capable of dealing, with or without motive, the coldest-blooded deathblows'
On 15 November 1959, the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, a wealthy farmer, his wife and their two young children were found brutally murdered. Blood all over the walls, the telephone lines cut, and only a few dollars stolen. Heading up the investigation is Agent Al Dewey, but all he has are two footprints, four bodies, and a whole lot of questions.
Truman Capote's detailed reconstruction of the events and consequences of that fateful night, In Cold Blood is a chilling, gripping mix of journalistic skill and imaginative power.
'The American dream turning into the American nightmare. A remarkable book' Spectator
'One of the most stupendous books of the decade' Sunday Express
Truman Capote was one of the most significant American authors of the twentieth century, known for his highly acclaimed books, including: Breakfast at Tiffany's, A Tree of Night and Other Stories and The Grass Harp. In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's have been selected for the Penguin Essentials series of books considered some of the twentieth century's most important reads.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241956830

    June 12, 2012

    Penguin General UK

    354 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141182575

    November 1, 2000

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    352 pages

    RRP $22.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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Also by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood: Popular Penguins
Breakfast at Tiffany's: Popular Penguins
The Duke in His Domain
The Early Stories Of Truman Capote
A Christmas Memory Book And Cd
Portraits And Observations
Breakfast At Tiffany's & Other Voices, Other Rooms
Summer Crossing: Popular Penguins
The Complete Stories
Too Brief A Treat
Other Voices, Other Rooms
A Capote Reader
Breakfast At Tiffany's

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Brave New World
Frankenstein
The Handmaid's Tale
Don't Let Go
After the Fire
Two Nights
The Child
Green Is The New Black
Inferno
The Girl Who Was Taken
The Couple Next Door
The Great Gatsby