Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1965. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's maroon cloth, stamped in silver and gilt, maroon endpapers, top edge stained black; in the original tan dust jacket designed by S. Neil Fujita, lettered in maroon and black. Near fine in an unclipped dust jacket with minor wear and a few small creases at the corners, and a closed tear to the upper rear panel. A bright and attractive copy. In Cold Blood is a fact-based account of the 1959 murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, and is one of Capote's most popular books. When police found the bodies of the Clutter parents and their two children, there was little to no evidence to suggest a motive or the perpetrators. After reading a brief article about the quadruple murder, Capote became fascinated with the mystery and traveled to Holcomb with his friend Harper Lee to investigate further. He conducted much research, which he used to write a narrative and realistic account for In Cold Blood. Although Capote insisted on the veracity of his book's factualness, subsequent research has shown that, while essentially a truthful account, In Cold Blood presents exaggerated characters and events in addition to at least one completely fabricated interaction. Regardless, the intriguing murder mystery and Capote's captivating writing make In Cold Blood a literary classic and a forerunner in the True Crime genre.