In Cold Blood. This nonfiction novel revolves around the murder of the Clutter family in 1959, and why the murderers, Perry and Dick, committed their crimes. Author Truman Capote leads us in without judgment, and in doing so lets us come up with our own conclusions about the penal system, justice, and the nature of violent crimes.
Tricky original publication dates: In Cold Blood was first published as a four-part serial in The New Yorker, beginning 25 Sept 1965. In Cold Blood was first published in book form by Random House in January 1966. The book, however, is copyrighted 1965, and this date appears on the title page of most printings of the book and even in some library indices as the original publication date. The Library of Congress lists 1966 as the publication date and 1965 as the copyright date