In this article, published by Los Angeles Review of Books Ned Stuckey-French reviews “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote for its 50th anniversary of publication. The article was listed as LARB’s “Most Read Essays of the Year (2015).”
Capote tells the story of how Perry’s desire for Dick rubs up against his own self-hatred, his resentment of heterosexual and middle-class orthodoxy, and his internalized homophobia, all of which explodes in a night of terror that leaves four people dead, and western Kansas stunned. It all begins in the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, where Perry and Dick are inmates, and where they get a tip from Dick’s ex-cellmate, who once worked for a rich Kansas farmer named Herb Clutter, who supposedly keeps a safe full of money in his house. Perry and Dick come up with a plan to break in and steal the cash.
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