Critics: Cold-Blooded Crossfire

As most literate persons know by now, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is a searching and compassionate account of two disturbed young men who brutally murdered a Kansas family, were captured, tried and executed. Capote, who called the book a "nonfiction novel," spent six years on it, from shortly after the murder in 1959 to shortly after their hanging in 1965. He had countless hours with the killers in prison, became their intimate friend, showed them the manuscript of the book. They talked to him so frankly and freely that some readers feel Capote exploited them for his own...

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