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 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.”
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) Purchase Links:AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboGoodreads
When David Met Goliathby Gary McAvoy Taking on the bold challenge of writing about a beloved classic in American literature, Truman Capote’s bestselling masterwork In Cold Blood, required new skills for an old hand at writing—especially since my book would in many ways controvert Capote’s work. What made it easier to approach was my having possession of hundreds of official investigation reports to which Capote likely had no access at the time, despite many of the confidential case details being handed over to him with the obliging help of Alvin Dewey, an agent with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI). Having spent four years in court battling the State of Kansas for the right to publish these documents (and ultimately prevailing in that litigation), it was now time to see what I was dealing with. I began with the original official KBI investigation reports, findings of evidence, prison records, and other documents, along with the personal notebooks of former KBI Director Harold R. Nye, whose papers were the custody subject of our lawsuit with Kansas. These gave up clues to other previously unseen mysteries in the Clutter murder investigation, and slowly the threads of a new tapestry began to emerge, and a new picture of events began reshaping the indelible image I had of Capote’s work, rendering it a less reliable historical record. In his defense, Capote did describe his book a “nonfiction novel,” and by definition a novel is a work of fictitious prose narrative, so allowances can be made for the broad creative license found in In Cold Blood. But the facts discovered in these newly-found primary sources tell a curiously different story than the one so grippingly told by Capote, one that could materially change the motive for the crimes. It was no small task going up against a well-funded adversary like the attorney general of the State of Kansas, but challenging the historical accuracy of a well-told story enjoyed by generations of readers was not a little intimidating itself. Being David in this tale of two Goliaths surely had its trials by fire, but wielding the slingshot of truth ultimately won the day.
Gary McAvoy is a veteran technology executive, entrepreneur, and lifelong writer. For several years he was also a literary media escort in Seattle, during which time he worked with hundreds of authors promoting their books—most notably Dr. Jane Goodall, with whom Gary later collaborated on “Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating” (Hachette, 2005). 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.
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