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Book Review & Giveaway: And Every Word is True by Gary McAvoy

29 May

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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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 Truemeticulously 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.”

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I was excited to read And Every Word is True because In Cold Blood always intrigued me for some reason. It wasn’t just the story of the murders, but Truman Capote was such a unique person and it’s always been difficult for me to picture him investigating this story.

There are actually two different stories in this book. One is the evidence that Gary McAvoy “found” which possibly changes much of what we thought we knew about these murders. Also, Kansas didn’t seem to want this information to be made public. Why?

The second story is about the author and his case and fighting the state of Kansas in court to keep the documents. This part of the story was rather cumbersome partly because of repetition.

Even though And Every Word is True was a little difficult to get through, I’d still recommend it to anyone who’s interested in true crime, especially the murders of the Clutter family.

About the Author

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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Giveaway

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.

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Audiobook Review: Rock, Scissors, Paper: The Clifford Olson Murders by Richard Stevenson

9 Aug

 

Title: Rock, Scissors, Paper: The Clifford Olson Murders
Author: Richard Stevenson
Narrated By: B. Jaymes Condon
Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications, dreamingbigpublications.com
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ABOUT THE BOOK

In the early 1980s, serial killer Clifford Olson rampaged through the lower mainland of British Columbia, raping and murdering 11 victims. His heinous cash-for-bodies deal foreshortened his trial and resulted in the law currently on Canadian books that forbids criminals from benefiting financially from their crimes.

Olson was just the pimple on the hide of a misogynist culture, as this long poem sequence attests.

Sometimes a book project chooses its author, as this one did when the author recognized one of the victims from her photograph.

Rock, Scissors, Paper is written in long poem sequence, first person, as if the words are from Olsen himself.

 

MY REVIEW

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I didn’t quite know what to expect with this book. It’s an odd mixture of poetry and nonfiction written about an actual serial killer in Canada. It’s from the view of the killer and the language and disrespect were just too much for me. Even though I didn’t care for this book at all, it’s creative and different and I’m sure the author put a lot of work into it. I also think I might like other works by him if they weren’t dealing with such a disgusting man.

I felt the same way about the narrator. He had a loud voice and I felt like he was almost yelling, but it went well with the book. I think he did a good job of portraying the killer.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Richard Stevenson was born in Victoria, B.C., in 1952 and has lived in western Canada and Nigeria. A college English teacher by profession, he taught English, Canadian and African literature, Business Communication, Creative and Technical Writing, E.S.L., and humanities courses in high schools and colleges. A former Editor-in-Chief of Prism international, he served in various editorial, jury, and writing/arts group executive capacities. His own reviews and poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, anthologies, e-zines, and journals published in Canada, the United States, and overseas. He performed with the jazz/ poetry group Naked Ear and rock music/YA verse troupe Sasquatch and occasionally puts other ensembles together for book launches and performances and reviews books.

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A note from the Editor-in-Chief
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When Richard first approached me with this manuscript, I was intrigued. I’ve always liked True Crime books but had never read anything written in long poem sequence before. On the home page of our website, it says “…we are not afraid to push boundaries. We love books that shine a light on the good, bad, and the ugly of human nature.” We definitely pushed some boundaries with this book. This is a book for True Crime fans, and we definitely shined a light on the bad and ugly of human nature with this book. The subject matter and language may be difficult for many readers, so I understand if this is not your thing. For 

 

 

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