No Saints in Kansas

No Saints in Kansas

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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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Sep 14, 2018

Amy Brashear’s take on Truman Capote’s true crime novel, In Cold Blood, of the quadruple homicide of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959 is outright jaw dropping and a great fictional take on a classic. Brashear has allowed the reader to experience the gruesome murders of the Clutter Family and the going-ons of the small town world of midwestern America. The story is told from the perspective of Carly Fleming a “friend” of Clutter family member; Nancy Clutter. Carly Fleming is a young woman with a Nancy Drew investigative sense and no care for the breaking of the law. Carly doesn’t care for committing a felony in order to uncover the mystery murder of the Clutter family. In conclusion, I rate this novel 4 out of 5.
- @BiggerPictureReviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

ArapahoeBridget May 01, 2018

In the mood for an interesting twist on a classic? This story has a mix of mystery, mean girl drama, and historical details all wrapped up in an homage to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.

OPL_KrisC Feb 03, 2018

No Saints in Kansas is a young adult author's reimagining of Truman Capote's, In Cold Blood. I found this a fascinating tale about one family's brutal murder in a farming community. Having grown up in a small farming community, I was halfway intrigued and halfway creeped out. No Saints in Kansas actually inspired me to go and read Truman Capote's, In Cold Blood, for the first time. This is why I love classics with a twist. Some times they inspire you to go back and read the original and compare. I probably would have never picked up In Cold Blood if not for No Saints in Kansas.

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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