Blood Will Out: The True Story Of A Murder A Mystery And A Masquerade

by WALTER KIRN

WW Norton | March 18, 2014 | Hardcover

Blood Will Out: The True Story Of A Murder A Mystery And A Masquerade is rated 2.66666666666667 out of 5 by 3.
In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn—then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage—set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a fifteen-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

Kirn's one-of-a-kind story of being duped by a real-life Mr. Ripley takes us on a bizarre and haunting journey from the posh private clubrooms of Manhattan to the hard-boiled courtrooms and prisons of Los Angeles. As Kirn uncovers the truth about his friend, a psychopath masquerading as a gentleman, he also confronts hard truths about himself. Why, as a writer of fiction, was he susceptible to the deception of a sinister fantasist whose crimes, Kirn learns, were based on books and movies? What are the hidden psychological links between the artist and the con man? To answer these and other questions, Kirn attends his old friend’s murder trial and uses it as an occasion to reflect on both their tangled personal relationship and the surprising literary sources of Rockefeller's evil. This investigation of the past climaxes in a tense jailhouse reunion with a man whom Kirn realizes he barely knew—a predatory, sophisticated genius whose life, in some respects, parallels his own and who may have intended to take another victim during his years as a fugitive from justice: Kirn himself.

Combining confessional memoir, true crime reporting, and cultural speculation, Blood Will Out is a Dreiser-esque tale of self-invention, upward mobility, and intellectual arrogance. It exposes the layers of longing and corruption, ambition and self-delusion beneath the Great American con.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.55 × 6.41 × 0.91 in

Published: March 18, 2014

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0871404516

ISBN - 13: 9780871404510

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected The book is very well written, and the author did a great job of describing his relationship with such an interesting person. My only criticism is that I expected to read more about how Clark managed to pull off his compkicated and unusual feats of deception. I would read another book by this author.
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from hated this one I think he should stick to Fiction
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deftly done. A cliché, but the perfect one. Walter Kirn deftly tells the incredible story of his relationship with a con-man and murderer. And the best part of this tale is the way Kirn openly talks about his role in the whole affair. How a lie is only as good as someone wants to believe it. Too many authors worry about putting themselves in their writing. Here, it works, and it works completely naturally and purposefully. Oh, and it's a true-crime novel so, quite literally, a page turner. Another good cliché.
Date published: 2014-04-04

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Blood Will Out: The True Story Of A Murder A Mystery And A Masquerade

Blood Will Out: The True Story Of A Murder A Mystery And A Masquerade

by WALTER KIRN

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.55 × 6.41 × 0.91 in

Published: March 18, 2014

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0871404516

ISBN - 13: 9780871404510

From the Publisher

In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn—then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage—set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a fifteen-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

Kirn's one-of-a-kind story of being duped by a real-life Mr. Ripley takes us on a bizarre and haunting journey from the posh private clubrooms of Manhattan to the hard-boiled courtrooms and prisons of Los Angeles. As Kirn uncovers the truth about his friend, a psychopath masquerading as a gentleman, he also confronts hard truths about himself. Why, as a writer of fiction, was he susceptible to the deception of a sinister fantasist whose crimes, Kirn learns, were based on books and movies? What are the hidden psychological links between the artist and the con man? To answer these and other questions, Kirn attends his old friend’s murder trial and uses it as an occasion to reflect on both their tangled personal relationship and the surprising literary sources of Rockefeller's evil. This investigation of the past climaxes in a tense jailhouse reunion with a man whom Kirn realizes he barely knew—a predatory, sophisticated genius whose life, in some respects, parallels his own and who may have intended to take another victim during his years as a fugitive from justice: Kirn himself.

Combining confessional memoir, true crime reporting, and cultural speculation, Blood Will Out is a Dreiser-esque tale of self-invention, upward mobility, and intellectual arrogance. It exposes the layers of longing and corruption, ambition and self-delusion beneath the Great American con.

About the Author

Walter Kirn is the author of Thumbsucker and Up in the Air, both made into major films. His work has appeared in GQ, New York, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine.

Editorial Reviews

[A] tight, gripping book…This bit of noir, from Mr. Kirn about Clark Rockefeller, is just right. — Janet Maslin (New York Times Book Review)In this smart, real-life psychological thriller, the fake Rockefeller is a zombie Gatsby and Kirn the post-apocalyptic Fitzgerald. — Nina Burleigh (New York Times Book Review)Kirn is such a good writer and Gerhartsreiter such a baroquely, demonically colorful subject, you could imagine this being a fine read had they no personal connection. That they did, however, elevates Blood Will Out to another level: Kirn lards his story with detail while reviewing his own psyche, in an attempt to discover how he—a journalist!—could have been so fooled. The irony? With all due respect to Kirn's skills as a novelist, it is hard to conceive of any fictionalized version of 'Clark Rockefeller' being as compelling as the real thing. — Clark Collis (Entertainment Weekly)This stunning book dissects psychopathy, the perverse manners of the Internet generation, art, money, and the very nature of belief. At its core, it brilliantly portrays one man's journey through fraudulence to a point of stern resolve. It's tabloid tell-all journalism and Old Testament rebuke. It is of a piece with Roethke: it tells us that the abyss is just a step down the stair. — James EllroyIn this smart, real-life psychological thriller, the fake Rockefeller is a zombie Gatsby and Kirn the post-apocalyptic Fitzgerald. — Nina Burleigh (The New York Times Book Review)In Blood Will
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