I’ve just returned from a few days of family vacation—some sun and some reading, mostly. The book was “In Cold Blood,” which I first read in college in one ghastly night. My old copy of the book opens with close-up photographs of the killers’ eyes. These images—details of pictures that Richard Avedon made of Perry Smith and Dick Hickock—are perfect evocations of the haunting tale that follows. On every page of Truman Capote’s book, those four eyes stare back at you.