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"Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans--in fact, few Kansans--had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there." If all Truman Capote did was invent a new genre--journalism written with the language and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction. The images of this tale continue to resonate in our minds: 16-year-old Nancy Clutter teaching a friend how to bake a cherry pie, Dick Hickock's black '49 Chevrolet sedan, Perry Smith's Gibson guitar and his dreams of gold in a tropical paradise--the blood on the walls and the final "thud-snap" of the rope-broken necks.
Starred Review. In the wake of the award-winning film Capote, interest in the author's 1965 true crime masterpiece has spiked. Capote's spellbinding narrative plumbs the psychological and emotional depths of a senseless quadruple murder in America's heartland. In the audio version, narrator Brick keeps up with the master storyteller every step of the way. In fact, Brick's surefooted performance is nothing short of stunning. He settles comfortably into every character on this huge stage—male and female, lawman and murderer, teen and spinster—and moves fluidly between them, generating the feel of a full-cast production. He assigns varying degrees of drawl to the citizens of Finney County, Kans., where the crimes take place, and supplements with an arsenal of tension-building cadences, hard and soft tones, regional and foreign accents, and subtle inflections, even embedding a quiver of grief in the voice of one character. This facile audio actor delivers an award-worthy performance, well-suited for a tale of such power that moves not only around the country but around the territory of the human psyche and heart. Available as a Vintage paperback. (Mar.)
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As mentioned by many, THE American crime story. Superbly written and will grip you from start to finish. I can't believe it took me this long to read it.Published 3 months ago by Brian
Capote paints a stark and haunting picture of a small Midwestern town in crises after the senseless slaying of an influential family. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Liz
Vivid pictures of an honourable and respected family murdered by monstrous but somehow human killers for petty cash. The narrative quickly sucks you into the vortex of events.Published 7 months ago by Nikoleta
A book worth reading. I thought it might dwell too much on the details of the victims murders, instead I found a thoughtful narrative full of insights into the minds of Hickcock... Read morePublished 19 months ago by ursula kofahl lampron
I got this book as a recommendation and I am glad I did. It does not count among my top genres but I enjoyed the story. Read morePublished on May 14 2013 by Peter Jones
I read this book for the first time when it was published and I was in high school. Recently I re-read it. The first time the story horrified me and gave me nightmares for weeks. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2012 by AllNightReader