In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
343 pages. Random House. $23.00.
Capote spent six years working on his thrilling crime masterpiece before publishing it in 1966. He traveled to Holcomb, Kansas after learning of the brutal murders of a couple and their two children, who had been bound, gagged, and died of a close-range shotgun blast. He interviewed dozens of people involved in the incident, including the killers, parolees Richard Hickock and Perry Smith. The men entered the home hoping to rob the family, but upon finding no money, went on a mindless killing spree. Both men, notoriously unapologetic for their crimes, were eventually executed by hanging. Hailed as one of the first nonfiction novels, this page-turner will remind you to keep your doors locked at night.