Truman Capote's bestselling book "In Cold Blood" has captivated worldwide audiences for over fifty years. It is a gripping story about the consequences of a trivial robbery gone terribly wrong in a remote village of western Kansas.
But what if robbery was not the motive at all, but something more sinister? And why would the Kansas Bureau of Investigation press the Attorney General to launch a ruthless four-year legal battle to prevent fresh details of the State's most famous crime from being made public, so many years after the case had been solved?
Based on stunning new details discovered in the personal journals and archives of former KBI Director Harold Nye--and corroborated by letters written by Richard Hickock, one of the killers on Death Row--"And Every Word Is True" (Literati Editions, March 2019) meticulously lays out a vivid and startling new view of the investigation, one that will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they pick up where Capote left off. Even readers new to the story will find themselves drawn into a spellbinding forensic investigation that reads like a thriller, adding new interpretations to the classic tale of an iconic American crime.
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"McAvoy's disclosures are provocative, if not earthshaking; most notably, McAvoy echoes Capote's potent prose style and deep humanizing of his subjects, while broadening the conversation about truth, intention, and narrative representation." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"And Every Word Is True kept me absolutely spellbound. In painstaking detail, McAvoy has peeled back the underlying layers of a story we thought we already knew. I couldn't put it down." -- MICHAEL OHOVEN, CEO of Infinity Media and Oscar-nominated producer of the 2005 film "Capote" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman
"This book turns the Clutter murder case inside out! Truly an eye-opener into a part of my father's life where I really thought I had known all of the salient details. This was more than just a 'good read'--this was a compelling work of factual art." -- DEAN ROHLEDER, Son of Garden City Assistant Chief of Police Richard Rohleder, the acknowledged "hero" of the Clutter murder investigation
"As deputy sheriff in Garden City at the time, I can say without reservation that Mr. McAvoy has done admirable work here. He has clarified many of the 'facts' in Capote's book, and pulled back the curtain to expose many contradictions in the Clutter investigation." -- KEITH DENCHFIELD, former Deputy Sheriff of Finney County, Kansas, and son-in-law of Wendle & Josephine Meier.
"And Every Word is True will take you back to that night in Holcomb, Kansas, November of 1959, when two hard-luck men slaughtered an entire family in their farmhouse for a few meager dollars--changing forever our definitions of fear, safety, and how we sleep at night. Now, Gary McAvoy's scrupulously researched book shines new light on some of the conclusions drawn by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation--and later endorsed by Truman Capote's classic In Cold Blood. McAvoy has done a great job of bringing to life a history that is still alive and still terrifying, and now, perhaps, even richer." -- T. JEFFERSON PARKER, Edgar Award-winning author of Silent Joe, California Girl, and The Room of White Fire.
"McAvoy was well-placed to spot intriguing inconsistencies in the infamous Clutter murder investigation. His work reminds us to be wise about bias in human narratives, even when they're beloved classics." -- DR. KATHERINE RAMSLAND, author of Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer.
"Sure to provoke debate, Gary McAvoy's book is simultaneously wonderful and unsettling. Criminal justice professionals will find nuggets to be mined as he challenges us to leave our comfort zones. Casual readers of true crime will be spellbound. No matter which "side" you land on, McAvoy's elegant style is one that even Truman Capote could embrace." -- SALLY J. KEGLOVITS, Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer (retired) and Lecturer in Criminal Justice, DeSales University