#Review “And Every Word is True” by Gary McAvoy

And Every Word is True cover


4/5 Stars!

The Clutter family murders occurred the year before I was born, so I was in junior high school before my parents allowed me to watch the movie which led me to read the book based on the crime—In Cold Blood. This, along with the Tate-La Bianca murders, helped foster a lifelong interest in true-crime novels.

And Every Word is True doesn’t claim to offer new evidence or produce a smoking gun. It explores the personal files of a chief investigator and other principles involved with the case, along with personal documents from the two men convicted and executed for the heinous crime.

Like with any crime—high profile or not—alternate theories are posited, some which existed before this book.

Highly detailed and well-written, this read slows when it centers on the Nye’s family reason for auctioning the documents (medical expenses) and the court battle against the KBI (coverup?), but it offers enough details to make one wonder why the KBI so strongly resisted the documents being made public.

Were Hickock and Smith fulfilling a murder contract on Herb Clutter? Did the KBI help bury vital evidence and information?

History shows us the length bureaucrats will go to keep from looking foolish (or guilty), and I believe the KBI helped build a blaze when silence would have better served them, but readers will need to read the thought-provoking And Every Word Is True and decide for themselves.



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.”

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)

Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble iBooks Kobo Goodreads


Enter To Win!

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Gary McAvoy. There will be four (4) giveaway winners. One winner will receive one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card and three (3) winners will receive one (1) print copy of And Every Word Is True by Gary McAvoy (Open to U.S. addresses only). The giveaway begins on April 1, 2019 and runs through June 2, 2019. Void where prohibited.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


One thought on “#Review “And Every Word is True” by Gary McAvoy

What say you?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.