And Every Word Is TrueNewfound evidence reveals Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" is not the end of the story—and the legal battle Kansas fought to suppress its publication.
By Gary McAvoy
With a Foreword and Personal Stories by Ronald R. Nye, son of Harold R. Nye, Former Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Published March 2019.
“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 (Full review below and at 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, Oscar-nominated producer of the 2005 film Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman; CEO of Infinity Media
"'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
“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 Undersheriff Wendle & Josephine Meier
"With a passion, tenacity, and respect for facts that would make original investigator Harold Nye proud, Gary McAvoy has joined forces with Nye’s son, Ronald, to challenge the official story of the notorious Clutter family murders, the same version Truman Capote chronicled in his sensational bestseller 'In Cold Blood.' Using a combination of reverence for accuracy, old-fashioned gumshoe gutsiness, and his own considerable writing skills, McAvoy has exhaustively researched, fought for, and produced a book that will keep the reader gripped until the very last word—and this time, all the words are true.”
✏️ Tawni O’Dell, New York Times bestselling author of Back Roads, an Oprah's Book Club selection
“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
“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
"With gripping intensity, 'And Every Word is True' is a page-turning thriller that unravels a fascinating web of deception, one as frightening and disturbing as the infamous crime itself. Revealing fresh evidence collected through a variety of sources—most notably the actual notebooks used by KBI detective Harold Nye as he worked tirelessly to solve the case—McAvoy has uncovered never-before-told information that challenges not only the veracity of Capote’s own retelling of the crime, but of the very legal system that prosecuted the case. Since 'In Cold Blood' is a vital part of the course curriculum I teach, such a classic story wouldn’t be complete without having this book as its companion."
✏️ Fran Libra Koenigsdorf, Honors English teacher of In Cold Blood since 1982, Johnson County, Kansas
"Gary McAvoy has an unbridled passion for literature, history and research, which are all on display in vivid detail in 'And Every Word is True,' his collaboration with Ronald Nye that revisits the story of the Clutter family murders that became Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood.' This is a fascinating account of previously unpublished material regarding the case, kept hidden from the public, journalists and biographers. For enthusiasts of accounts of true crime and mystery, this is a worthy addition to your library."
✏️ Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Big Stone Gap and Kiss Carlo