In Cold Blood's sole strength (in my opinion, of course) is it's power to reveal the human side of 2 men who killed an entire family for no real reason at all. A testimony to the idea that criminals are no different to a "normal person" and that anyone could become a brutal murderer.
Otherwise I didn't find much to shout about, but as it is quick and easy there's nothing to loose in reading it.
I'm not usually the type to put books down once I've picked them up but this was a challenge to get into, to say the least. MVL purposefully tries to confuse the reader for the 1st eigth or so of the book; he refers to characters by many different names, writes in continous streams of consciousness, applies weighty descriptions, and, basically, takes you round in circles. I nearly gave up...
Obviously, I wouldn't bother writing this review if the book didn't deliver, and deliver it does. The story unfolds around you to reveal a beautifully written, amazingly crafted insight into aspects of Peruvian society. Although on the dark and disturbing side, it takes you on an enjoyable and gripping journey through the lives of two men struggling to make their lives in Peru's capital, Lima. Highly reccommended!