In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

In Cold Blood

By Truman Capote

  • Release Date: 1994-02-01
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 849 Ratings


The most famous true crime novel of all time and one of the first non-fiction novels ever written; In Cold Blood is the bestseller that haunted its author long after he finished writing it.

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.


  • Great Book and Fairly Appealing

    By AnotherUnknownMan
    In Cold Blood should be a 4 starred novel. When reading through a book, I tend to slowly read what is interesting to me. This book has had me read at a crawling pace multiple times to understand the content in detail. In Cold Blood has made me remember why reading books can be sometimes interesting. It also makes me want to read more of the book to see what happens. Once I got to the middle, the book took a turn and made me feel like these guys are kind of ‘average Joes’ that wanted to do something different. At the end, I felt somewhat sympathetic for them; I wanted to do more for proper justice. The book purposefully does not want to reach every audience that exists, but it can be read by nearly anyone interested in reading nonfiction novels.
  • Good Book

    By Ozcrome
    I enjoyed this book far more than I expected although there were parts where nothing significant was added to the experience and which slowed the pace of the book. I am glad I read it since it is a landmark book in its genre.
  • Not a audiobook

    By bddvei
    It was on the audiobook page so I bought for $12.99 but now it will not read it to me.
  • Bored

    By notgnimer76
    I was so bored with this book I couldn’t even finish it.
  • Good book

    By VenStacey
    Well written! I love his writing style. As someone else mentioned here it’s a true story that reads like a fiction which makes it hard to put down
  • Capote

    By Kathyvalois
    Best true crime ever.(and the first written in novel form).
  • In Cold Blood

    By Danny 10XXXX
    Awesome read! Loved the movie as well!
  • Definitely worthwhile read

    By Always Changing
    This really gets into the minds of the criminals more than I thought it would. Very awesome read.

    By makenziespanola
    I don't read much but this book was absolutely amazing!!!!! It's full of suspense I was glued to the book and finished it in two days. This book is so we'll written, capote truly did an amazing job telling the horrific story if this murder
  • Decent

    By You're not me
    Not great but not horrible.