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Truman Capote was a native of New Orleans, where he was born on September 30, 1924. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was an international literary success when first published in 1948, and accorded the author a prominent place among the writers of America's postwar generation. He sustained this position subsequently with short-story collections (A Tree of Night, among others), novels and novellas (The Grass Harp and Breakfast at Tiffany's), some of the best travel writing of our time (Local Color), profiles and reportage that appeared originally in The New Yorker (The Duke in His Domain and The Muses Are Heard), a true-crime masterpiece (In Cold Blood), several short memiors about his childhood in the South (A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor, and One Christmas), two plays (The Grass Harp and House of Flowers and two films (Beat the devil and The Innocents).
Mr. Capote twice won the O.Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.

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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.

"A masterpiece . . . a spellbinding work." --"Life"
"A remarkable, tensely exciting, superbly written 'true account.'" --"The New York Times"
"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"

"From the Trade Paperback edition."


" A masterpiece . . . a spellbinding work." -- "Life"
" A remarkable, tensely exciting, superbly written 'true account.' " -- "The New York Times"
" 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"

"From the Trade Paperback edition."


"A masterpiece . . . a spellbinding work." --"Life"
"A remarkable, tensely exciting, superbly written 'true account.' " --"The New York Times"
"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"

"From the Trade Paperback edition."


"A masterpiece . . . a spellbinding work." --"Life"
"A remarkable, tensely exciting, superbly written 'true account.' " --"The New York Times
""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"

Capote's account of brutal 1959 Kansas murders became a cause c?l?bre in 1965 because of his application of fictional techniques to reportage. Presenting dialog that the writer could not have heard and entering the minds of real-life characters, even important historical figures, have lost much of their novelty, but Capote's approach is still striking for its attention to detail and ability to delineate characters with a few strokes. Awareness of how the writer manipulated his subjects, thanks to the film Capote, adds a layer of irony not available to his original readers. While true-crime tales have become commonplace, In Cold Blood has not lost its power to shock through its portrait of the violent invasion of the small-town values of a vanished, innocent America. As always, Scott Brick gives a capable reading, though he makes the Kansans sound too folksy. Recommended for all collections. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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