Saturday, 11 April 2009

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

Read: August 2006

This is part murder mystery, part psychological suspense thriller with an intricately unravelling plot that would leave fans of Michael Connelly or Patricia Cornwell quivering for more. But it is not fiction. Truman Capote literally created a genre with this book, the true account of a quadruple murder in Kansas In another author’s hand, this subject could degenerate into a red-blooded witch-hunt, but Truman Capote is too good for that. He is the king of sympathy, where others see good and bad, he sees individuals and intertwining stories of tragedy. He is able to seamlessly blend touchable characters with adroit observation’s and brilliant one-liners. And it is neither macabre, nor gruesome, but rather a glorious investigation into human weakness. Read this book, it is hard to describe why it is so good, but it is.

7 out of 10

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