AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE
by Gary McAvoy
Truman Capote said of his nonfiction novel IN COLD BLOOD, "and every word is true". In his nonfiction book AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE Gary McAvoy raises some questions about that. There may be more to the Clutter murders than a robbery gone horribly wrong. In bringing the police notebooks of Harold Nye, former director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, up for auction the author found himself embroiled in a legal battle with the state of Kansas. Why was the state determined to get the papers back? The case was solved fifty years earlier and all of the lead players were deceased. Going through Nye's notebooks and copies of documents he kept regarding the case AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE posits more theories about the Clutter killings. Was the case really solved?
AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE actually tells two stories, the first is the story of the investigative notebooks of Harold Nye and the author's legal battle with the state of Kansas to auction them for Harold's son. The second is the information these notebooks contained. Although the two stories are woven together, there are distinct differences between them.
I enjoyed reading the information about the Clutter case and truly appreciated seeing photographs of the actual documents. McAvoy lets a good portion of the information speak for itself, copying the information from the documents, several of them handwritten, putting the information is an easily accessible manner then raising questions and providing other possible motives for the killings. The book is incredibly well researched and reads well enough, but doesn't have the literary craftsmanship of IN COLD BLOOD. Then again, this is a non fiction book, not a nonfiction novel and McAvoy is expounding the facts, not exploring a new art form.
The problem I had with this book is the legal battle about the notebooks. I am surprised that McAvoy won the case. As a former police officer I know that the notebooks I kept could be taken by the courts at any time. Though I bought them and wrote in them, they weren't truly mine. It is true that the Clutter case occurred over fifty years ago, the perpetrators confessed and were executed, and most everyone who was involved is now dead. The truth is that a murder case is never technically closed. What McAvoy uncovered is just one of the reasons why. New evidence may come to light, implicating someone else in the crime. While Hickcock and Perry are certainly guilty, it is quite possible that someone else was behind the killings and that someone was never brought to justice. In addition, the portions of the book relating to Ronald Nye and his family seemed over dramatized and a bit self serving.
AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE brings new information and theories regarding the Clutter case, the murders Truman Capote made famous in his nonfiction novel IN COLD BLOOD. While the writing isn't that compelling, the facts and theories are making this book a fine addition to the annals of true crime.
And Every Word Is True
by Gary McAvoy
on Tour April 1 - May 31, 2019
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 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 perspectives to the classic tale of an iconic American crime.
Sixty years after news of the 1959 Clutter murders took the world stage, And Every Word Is True pulls back the curtain for a suspenseful encore to the true story of “In Cold Blood.”
Book Details:Genre: True Crime, Memoir
Published by: Literati Editions
Publication Date: March 4, 2019
Number of Pages: 310
ISBN: 978-0-9908376-0-2 (HB); 978-0-9908376-1-9 (PB)
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Gary is also a professional collector of rare literary manuscripts and historical letters and books, a passion that sparked the intriguing discoveries leading up to his latest book, And Every Word Is True (Literati Editions, March 2019), a revealing look at startling new disclosures about the investigation surrounding the 1959 Clutter family murders, heinous crimes chillingly portrayed in Truman Capote's “In Cold Blood.” And Every Word Is True pulls back the curtain for a suspenseful encore to Capote’s classic tale, adding new perspectives to an iconic American crime.