In Cold Blood. A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences - Truman Capote 1965 - Random House, New York - First Edition The first edition of what is considered by many as Capote’s masterpiece, and one of the most important and influential book of creative non-fiction ever written by an American writer in his time.

‘The publication of
In Cold Blood in 1966 launched Truman Capote firmly into the top rank of American writers, it was - and is - widely heralded as a masterpiece - not only a masterpiece of writing, but as a brilliant insight into the criminal mind.’ - J.J. Maloney.

‘The best documentary account of an American crime ever written.… The book chills the blood and exercises the intelligence… harrowing.’ –
The New York Review of Books.
  Four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. Five years, four months and twenty-nine days later, on April 14, 1965, Richard Eugene Hickock, aged thirty-three, and Perry Edward Smith, aged thirty-six, were hanged from the crime on a gallows in a warehouse in the Kansas State Penitentiary.

First issue jacket with the ‘1/66’ code on the front flap and ‘Publishers of the American College Dictionary and the Modern Library’ on the rear flap.

Octavo (book size 22x15.3cm), pp. [12] 343 [1]. In publisher’s burgundy cloth, spine lettered in gilt and silver, initials ‘T.C’. blocked in gilt to front board, top edge tinted black others untrimmed, burgundy endpapers. Dust jacket priced ‘$5.95 I.C.B. R.H.’ to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket with some toning to spine.   Ref: 111853   Price: HK$ 8,000