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The small town of Holcomb, Kansas is rocked by the murder of the prominent and beloved Clutter family. The brutal crime is committed with no apparent motive and no clear suspect. Truman Capote recreates the murder, investigation, trial and execution of the murders.
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The book begins with the murders of the Clutters. The quiet town of holcom becomes the center of attention, and residents become paranoid that they might be the next targets of the murderers. Alvin Dewey, a resident of Holcomb, is on the investigation.

Capote follows the investigation and recreates what the killers did in the mean time. He follows them as they return to their parents house and then leave for travels to Mexico and Las Vegas where they are eventually caught and brought to justice.

A trial is held in Holcomb and the murders, Dick and Perry, are found guilty. Their reason for the murder was because they heard in prison that the Clutters had money, but were disappointed when there was nothing but pocket change in the house.

Capote follows the murders to death row until their hanging, painting an emotional protrait of the murder.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   on the run from the law Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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