In Cold Blood tells the story of the real murder of Mr Clutter, his wife, and two of his children. Perry Smith and Dick Hickock broke into their home, tied them up, and shot them in the head with a shotgun. The Clutters were pobably the nicest people in Kansas and nothing was stolen (exept $50), so the motive was unclear.
The book follows the killers, who were later interviewed by Capote, and the detectives, who didn't have much to go on at first. Weeks after the crime they got a tip by a prisoner, a fomer cell mate of Hickock', who told them who did it.
From the beginning the reader knows who the killers were and that they were captured and hanged. What makes this book great is the way it is written. It is amazingly researched with the original confessions, letters, notes and what not. Normally I'M not a big fan of real crime novels but I really liked Breakfest at Tiffany's, so I wanted to read another of Capote's books, even though those two books couldn't be more different. I wouldn't recommend reading it right before going to bed because it is really really creepy. Smith and Hickock were both mentally ill. I mean really. Smith knows that something is not right with him for doing such a thing but Hickock thinks he is totally normal.