The subtitle of this week’s Wednesday wanna-read is “The true story of a murder, a mystery and a masquerade.”
Walter Kirn’s piece of narrative non-fiction is another one on the true crime street that I happen to be currently living on.
Kirn is a reviewer for the NYT Book Review and has had his work published in many “high-brown” publications like The Atlantic, GQ and Esquire. I have no reason to believe his book will not be of that same caliber.
Blood Will Out is the tale of Kirn’s relationship with a person who he believed to be Clark Rockefeller. Yes, THOSE Rockefellers.
The problem: the man wasn’t who he said he was. Not even remotely close. And Kirn had a front-row seat for the whole thing.
I first heard about this saga on CBS’ 48 Hours this spring. The episode aired around the time Kirn’s book was released.
The story seems almost too good to be true. A person pretending to be a member of one of the most famous families in New York, possibly the country, and he’s able to pull it off for more than a decade with no one suspecting any different?
I’m excited to read this memoir of Kirn’s relationship with the man. Entertainment Weekly recently named the book one of the 10 best non-fiction works of the year, which just lends it more credibility.