No Saints in Kansas

No Saints in Kansas

Book - 2017
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A young adult, fictional reimagining of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it. Gripping and fast-paced, this meticulously researched historical fiction will reinvigorate a new generation to Capote.

November is usually quiet in Holcomb, Kansas, but in 1959, the town is shattered by the quadruple murder of the Clutter family. Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter's boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive.

New Yorker Carly Fleming, new to the small Midwestern town, is an outsider. She tutored Nancy, and (in private, at least) they were close. Carly and Bobby were the only ones who saw that Nancy was always performing, and that she was cracking under the pressure of being Holcomb's golden girl. This secret connected Carly and Bobby. Now that Bobby is an outsider, too, they're bound closer than ever.

Determined to clear Bobby's name, Carly dives into the murder investigation and ends up in trouble with the local authorities. But that's nothing compared to the wrath she faces from Holcomb once the real perpetrators are caught. When her father is appointed to defend the killers of the Clutter family, the entire town labels the Flemings as traitors. Now Carly must fight for what she knows is right.
Publisher: New York : Soho Teen, c2017
ISBN: 9781616956837
Branch Call Number: YA BRA
Characteristics: 304 p. :,map ;,22 cm


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Oct 25, 2017

Carly Fleming has been recently transplanted from NYC to Holcomb, KS and is trying to fit in with the kids at her new high school. In the midst of her struggle, the Clutter family is massacred by unknown assailants and Carly is determined to find out what happened to Nancy, the Clutter daughter she had been trying to befriend. There are references to Carly being like Nancy Drew, but she came off as annoying rather than resourceful, rebellious rather than motivated. Carly's family is drifting apart and having her father represent one of the alleged murderers does not help. I must say that the addition of Aunt Trudy to the plot was an innovative way to keep the NYC connection open and added an extra layer to the Truman Capote presence along with his assistant, Harper Lee. The visit of a well-known presidential candidate was perhaps my favorite part of the book.

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