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Blood Will Out

The True Story of A Murder, A Mystery, and A Masquerade
Kirn, Walter (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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This is a chilling, compulsive story of a writer unwittingly caught in the wake of a grifter-turned-murderer. In the summer of 1998, the author, 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 the author 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. This 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 the author 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, he 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, the author 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 the author 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: the author himself. Combining confessional memoir, true crime reporting, and cultural speculation, this 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. -- From book jacket. The true story of a young novelist who meets and befriends an eccentric, privileged New Yorker when he delivers a crippled hunting dog to him from an animal shelter, and later discovers that his friend was a serial imposter and brutal double-murderer.
Authors: Kirn, Walter, 1962-
Title: Blood will out
the true story of a murder, a mystery, and a masquerade
Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 255 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: This is a chilling, compulsive story of a writer unwittingly caught in the wake of a grifter-turned-murderer. In the summer of 1998, the author, 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 the author 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. This 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 the author 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, he 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, the author 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 the author 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: the author himself. Combining confessional memoir, true crime reporting, and cultural speculation, this 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. -- From book jacket.
The true story of a young novelist who meets and befriends an eccentric, privileged New Yorker when he delivers a crippled hunting dog to him from an animal shelter, and later discovers that his friend was a serial imposter and brutal double-murderer.
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ISBN: 9780871404510
0871404516
Statement of Responsibility: Walter Kirn
Subject Headings: Gerhartsreiter, Christian, 1961- Kirn, Walter, 1962- Impostors and imposture United States Case studies. Murderers United States Case studies.
Topical Term: Impostors and imposture
Murderers
LCCN: 2013046327
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Aug 04, 2014
  • Mitzi352 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

More of a self-examination book by an Elmore Leonard wannabe.

Jun 14, 2014
  • hgeng63 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I agree with matcat44, but I did finish the whole bk. What the author is doing in this is "vamping", or trying to make more of what little story he has. I didn't really learn anything new about the rich & wealthy.

Didn't like the style of writing or the personality of the author, so I couldn't really get interested in the subject. Why put that pitiful little dog through such a trauma to please a (seemingly) rich man. Couldn't get past that, so didn't want to know the rest.

May 01, 2014
  • MmeLeChat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I could not put this book down! It reads like a thriller even though we already know the outcome. The author's introspection is especially powerful.

This is a terrific book that describes the amusing peccadilloes of its subject, the kindness of his marks, the brutality of his murders, the identity of his victims, and the literary and cinematic referents that drove his life, all interspersed with the insightful introspection and quality writing of one of his dupes, the author.

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