With the publication of this book, Capote permanently ripped through the barrier separating crime reportage from serious literature. As he reconstructs the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, Capote generates suspense and empathy. From the Trade Paperback edition.
- Edgar Awards (Edgar Allan Poe Awards)
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.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . I can't wait to read it now that the reported file problem has been resolved
Posted May 27, 2010 by HuronLakeGirl , Northern MichiganI just bought this e-book and haven't read it yet but, after debating about taking a chance because of the other review about a problem with downloading, I just wanted to let others know that it has been fixed. I downloaded it with no problem and have also scrolled through it briefly and it does appear to be fine. Thank you so much to the Sony rep/tech who took the time to check it before I bought it and confirmed that the fix date is AFTER the problem report.
As for the story, I've seen umpteen movies about the events in the book as well as the new movies about Capote and his writing of the book. Not having yet read the book but being a huge fan of the genre, I'm sure it's an excellent read. I've been looking forward to reading this for a very long time and even though I'm in the middle of several others, I don't think I'll be able to wait to get into this one now that I finally have it in my library and on my reader.
2 . BAD DOWNLOAD DO NOT BUY !!!!!!!
Posted February 28, 2010 by Carrie , Los AlamitosThis book can't be downloaded, problem 'with the publisher' but you will be charged for it.
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Excerpt from In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Last to See Them Alive
THE village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call "out there." Some seventy miles east of the Colorado border, the countryside, with its hard blue skies and desert-clear air, has an atmosphere that is rather more Far West than Middle West. The local accent is barbed with a prairie twang, a ranch-hand nasalness, and the men, many of them, wear narrow frontier trousers, Stetsons, and high-heeled boots with pointed toes. The land is flat, and the views are awesomely extensive; horses, herds of cattle, a white cluster of grain elevators rising as gracefully as Greek temples are visible long before a traveler reaches them.
Holcomb, too, can be seen from great distances. Not that there is much to see--simply an aimless congregation of buildings divided in the center by the main-line tracks of the Santa Fe Railroad, a haphazard hamlet bounded on the south by a brown stretch of the Arkansas (pronounced "Ar-kan-sas") River, on the north by a highway, Route 50, and on the east and west by prairie lands and wheat fields. After rain, or when snowfalls thaw, the streets, unnamed, unshaded, unpaved, turn from the thickest dust into the direst mud. At one end of the town stands a stark old stucco structure, the roof of which supports an electric sign--DANCE--but the dancing has ceased and the advertisement has been dark for several years. Nearby is another building with an irrelevant sign, this one in flaking gold on a dirty window--HOLCOMB BANK. The bank closed in 1933, and its former counting rooms have been converted into apartments. It is one of the town's two "apartment houses," the second being a ramshackle mansion known, because a good part of the local school's faculty lives there, as the Teacherage. But the majority of Holcomb's homes are one-story frame affairs, with front porches.