The Devil In The White City, In Cold Blood, And Amelia Anne Is Dead And Gone

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Murders are seen on the news and television shows on a daily basis. People often hear of the brute and forceful methods killers use to harm their victims. The Devil in the White City, In Cold Blood, and Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone all divulge accounts of murders. These three books all use similar and some unique tactics for their books to be a success. As some murderers employ similar killing strategies, authors of murder novels employ similar devices of foreshadowing, pathos, and point of view, along with unique rhetoric and style, to cause readers to experience the loss while creating a bone-chilling effect when a character is murdered. Foreshadowing is a principal device authors use when writing murder books. The authors employ the use …show more content…
The Devil in the White City, and In Cold Blood are non-fiction books and therefore have numerous differences from Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, which is a fiction book. The authors of the non-fiction books have more ethos to write about murder novels. Erik Larson won an Edgar Award for best fact-crime writing for The Devil in the White City. (“Erik Larson”). Truman Capote, author of In Cold Blood, spent six years interviewing and researching at the crime scene location (Kuiper). This ethos allows readers to experience the murders as if they were at the murder scene due to the authors increased knowledge on the subject. Kate Rosenfield, author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, uses many examples of personification to enhance the murder aspect of her novel. In the small town of Bridgeton, murder “seeps around the corners of locked front doors. It creeps into people’s bedrooms. It runs in their veins” (Rosenfield 63). Through the personification of murder, readers can feel death approaching and suffocating those nearby. These minute differences added to the novels enhance their stories and add to the success of the

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