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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, 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 and Perry Edward Smith, were hanged from the crime on a gallows. In Cold Blood is the story of the lives and deaths of these six people.

In Cold Blood (BOOK)--The intensively researched, atmospheric narrative of the lives of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, and of the two men, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, who brutally killed them on the night of November 15, 1959. Perry Smith is one of the great dark characters of American literature: "I thought he was a very nice gentleman," Smith says of Herb Clutter. "Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat!"

"WOW! This story had so many twists and turns, and keeping you on the edge as to what was going to happen next, that I literally couldn't sit still! At times it was so intense I just had to put the book down . . . AND WALK AWAY . . . I love books that draw you in, and Mr. Bell does this very well. The story was so realistic and believable that it read like it had been taken from the headlines. Riveting. Engrossing. Suspenseful. I look forward to reading this author again."