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Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade Hardcover – March 10, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2014: An epigraph from Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley says much about what’s to come in Walter Kirn’s remarkable confessional: “He was versatile, and the world was wide!” When Kirn first met Clark Rockefeller, he was smitten by the man’s wealth and eccentricities. Coming off a failed marriage (to the daughter of Thomas McGuane and Margot Kidder), Kirn was a bit of a wreck, as was Rockefeller. The two men were drawn to each other. As the friendship progressed--into some uneasy terrain--Kirn ignored the clues “spread out for [him] to read,” and plowed ahead to become a confidant and enabler. Except, it turns out, Clark wasn’t a Rockefeller at all. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter was, as Kirn puts it, “the most prodigious serial imposter in recent history.” He was also a murderer. So what did that make Kirn? “A fool,” he admits, “a stubborn fool.” This is a compulsively readable, can’t-look-away book and, ultimately, a brave piece of work. Kirn has laid himself bare: his failed marriage, his Ritalin reliance, his misguided allegiance to a sociopath. In exposing his own “ignorance and vanity,” what Kirn has really crafted here is the story of a bamboozled writer who for fifteen years ignored the big story right under his nose; who, in trusting his imposter friend, “violated my storyteller’s oath.” With Blood Will Out, Kirn has impressively restored his storyteller’s credentials. --Neal Thompson
In The Journalist and the Murderer (1990), Janet Malcolm dissected journalist-subject dynamics. Here Kirn also covers that subject, but in the highly personal story of his being hoodwinked, professionally and emotionally, by a man he knew as Clark Rockefeller, a member of of the famously wealthy industrial, political, and banking family. Over the years, their often long-distance friendship faltered in suspicious ways, yet Kirn kept up hope, naively perhaps, considering the flaws and untruths he uncovered, disturbing occurrences Kirn chose to ignore. But when Kirn woke one morning to discover that his friend Clark was not even Clark, much less a Rockefeller, and going to be tried for a murder committed years ago, he decided to finally write about their relationship, questioning along the way journalistic integrity and the encounters between the subject and the writer. This tale’s a fascinating one (starting with Kirn’s road trip with a paralyzed dog) that is covered elsewhere (Mark Seal’s The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, 2011), but Kirn’s reflecting, musing, and personal dealings add a killer punch to this true-crime memoir. --Eloise Kinney
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I became familiar with Walter Kirn on the Greg Gutfeld show on Fox News Channel. Gutfeld is really funny, and Kirn is an occasional guest contributing thoughtful, and humorous comments. One night he plugged his new book, and since I enjoyed him on the show, I bought the Kindle book. It is well written, and I will probably buy more of his work.
The story is as much a confessional as it is the story of a serial imposter and murderer. The astounding thing is that it is a true story, and I don't think I would have wanted my participation in the story told if I were Kirn. He is a writer, and I am not. While you are reading the book some of the characters assumed by the imposter will remind you of someone you know, or have known. For my part, I remember when I was a young, traveling salesman spending hours at bars trading stories with other hard drinking types. Some were so good at their stories that you would walk out believing they were true, even thought there were holes in the story. Kirn's subject is all these people rolled into one. Scary.
I wish there had been more about Sandra Boss. I am hoping she will write a memoir of her nightmare with Chichester-Baronet XIII/Gehartstreiter/Smith/Rockefeller/etc etc. It would be a great cautionary tale for a lot of women who get fooled by con artists, which we now call Love Fraud.