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In the summer of 1998 Walter Kirn then a young novelist struggling with fatherhood and a dissolving marriage set out on a peculiar fateful errand to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from an animal shelter in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller a secretive young bank. ” We all understand that you can’t predict the future but getting to know an old friend however perversely through his murder trial reveals a truth less commonly acknowledged you can’t predict the past It can change at any time” “Clark Rockefeller” crippled dog lover kidnapper art lover murdererA dog getting crushed by a car can change a life When that dog is saved from death by well meaning though in my opinion people in need of priority realignment and fitted for a doggie wheelchair Walter Kirn’s life is about to take a turn towards the Twilight Zone He is a writer needing a new idea for a book When Clark Rockefeller wants to adopt the dog Kirn friends of the well meaning animal lovers offers to drive the dog across country and deliver it to the new owner The dog’s spine has been crushed and she has no control over her bladder so I can only imagine the eye watering toxic levels of ammonia that were building up in the cab of that pickup Kirn changes tactics but still what a bloody nightmare of a trip Clark Rockefeller it is unclear to Kirn what branch of the fabled Rockefeller family he is descended from but he talks about private jets priceless paintings that he lets his dog’s lick having George W Bush’s phone number and host of monologues about fantastical ideas ”We both understood the terms of our friendship He would delight me with comic songs and dog menus and access to a circle I’d thought closed to me and I would repay him with the indulgent loyalty that writers reserve for their favorite characters the ones it’s said we can’t make up”They become friends and Kirn decides that he won’t write about him mainly because he didn’t want to put a strain on a relationship he thought would have him mixing with the famous and the rich He might even become popular than he was for a brief stint in college when he was working a personae involving wearing a raincoat year around ”I was approachable for an angry loner As the approaches grew freuent I wasn’t even that angry any the ugly raincoat just made it seem that way The fact was that I yearned to ditch the thing it bored me but by then it was part of my brooding playwright image which was bringing me success with girls especially the girls that I liked best rich ones who’d spent years in therapy and treated sex as naked theater”One thing that will either annoy you about this book or endear the writer to you is his self deprecating manner all through the book I felt a healthy dose of both but as the book progressed I ended up feeling grudging respect than annoyance I mean the raincoat gig was pathetic and when I was in college there were guys in the English department shaky in confidence who were always trying to discover some look that would make them seem cool English department girls seemed to like a mixture of rebellion with a dose of strange; and of course you had to know your literature Maggie McGuane when you marry little girls you can’t expect them to be something than what they areKirn married Maggie McGuane now that last name might be familiar to some readers She is the daughter of Thomas McGuane When I was in college he and his buddy Jim Harrison were starting to show up on some lists for class readings I gelled with him and he was the first writer I really started seriously to collect I’ve been curious for a while about reading him again I’d like to see how those early novels play in my head now Maggie is a model and photographer and frankly just too damn young for a guy like Kirn If anything Kirn needs an older woman a woman who has been around the block and can mother him structure him Instead he takes Ritalin like a normal person uses aspirin ”In my glove compartment was a loaded pistol a macho secret that bred a rugged attitude and in my jeans was a bottle of Ritalin a drug that I sometimes used when writing on deadline When the pills hit my bloodstream I felt brisk and competent a hard boiled reporter in an old movie but once they wore off I grew touchy and distracted The only antidote was another pill dissolved in a can of soda for faster action I built up uite a tolerance this way for both Ritalin and Dr Pepper”He should have been an actor They always want to be someone else A few of the many faces of Christian Gerhartsreiker each with its own name and identityAs proud as he is of his new found connection with the Rockefeller family it turns out there is only one problem with the relationship Clark isn’t a Rockefeller In fact he isn’t even an American His name is Christian Gerhartsreiker and he was born in Bavaria Germany He has a long history of using pseudonyms and building up personas They are all really just test runs for his biggest con convincing people he is a Rockefeller Now being a con man is being one thing but being a murderer is uite another As the dominoes continue to fall and Kirn realizes that everything he knows about his “friend” is a lie ”He was a cannibal of souls” It is hard for me to believe that Kirn didn’t see through some of the stories Many of them he could have driven a Mac truck through and still have room to pull a skyscraper through behind him Kirn has a history of building his own personas and I do wonder if he wasn’t blinded in a childlike manner by the scope of the con he was seeing Clark wasn’t just trying to get laid He was trying to take the world piece by piece ”Did I have a brain back then I believed I did I believed it was uite a developed brain in fact It had studied at Princeton and oxford and had written novels It had jigsawed together raw copy from far flung stringers to fashion respectable cover stories for Time So why did it fail me For the last time whyChristian Gerharstreiker or whatever his name is had an interesting defense at his trial ”He was too brilliant too slippery too shrewd He was the type that get away with murder not the type that got charged with it If Clark had slain John Sohus we wouldn’t be here and Clark most certainly wouldn’t be here Yet here he was There must be some mistake”He was so smart he got 27 years to life It is fascinating to follow along with Kirn and marvel at his ability to let himself be duped He wanted to believe like the most fervent religious devotee that Clark Rockefeller was the person he lusted for him to be Kirn writes in a style that reminded me of articles I used to read in Esuire Magazine that isn’t a knock because they are really good writers it is just unusual for me to read a book written in a journalistic style Walter Kirn always lookswellpensiveYou know the outcome early in the book and yet the real story is about a smart man allowing himself to believe in the unbelievable We have this impression that rich people are different than us maybe even eccentric and maybe that allows us a logic loophole to keep us on the hook for the con It certainly worked well on Kirn He hoped that Clark was taking him toward the glitz and glam of the beautiful and the powerful but instead he found himself in a courtroom trying to stare daggers through the back of Clark’s head feeling like a fool If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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Blood Will Out The True Story of a Murder a Mystery and a MasueradeEr and art collector Thus began a fifteen year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun house world of an outlandish eccentric son of privilege who one day would be shockingly unmasked as a brazen serial impostor and brutal double murderer Kirn's one of a kind story already excerpted in The N. This book was tailor made for the likes of me I thought it was riveting It's a fascinating portrait of a bizarre con man who turns out to be a murderer but it's than just some true crime book It's also a memoir of a man a literary novelist who gets drawn in by someone he thinks is just a rich eccentric and then has to ask himself what it is that made him such an easy mark There are reviews here on Goodreads complaining that the book is as much about Walter Kirn as it is about Clark Rockefeller Of course it is That's the point Clark Rockefeller is not us; all we can do is react in disbelief at what he's capable of doing Walter Kirn on the other hand is us he makes us ask ourselves what we would do in a similar situation and that makes the whole thing much interesting Is Walter Kirn likeable throughout No he makes it clear from the start that his motives for befriending Clark are not entirely pure and he seems rather clueless about human beings in general But he does a good job of conveying the discombobulation of realizing that someone you thought you knew isn't who you thought they were at all and the betrayal anger and bewilderment that go along with thatMy favorite passage We all understand that you can't predict the future but getting to know an old friend however perversely through his murder trial reveals a truth less commonly acknowledged you can't predict the past It can change at any time When fresh information discredits past perceptions the underlying memories remain but they no longer hold their old positions; you're left to draw a new map with displaced landmarks You thought you were found but you realize you were lost and someday you may discover that you're lost nowOh yeah

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READ ☆ Blood Will Out The True Story of a Murder a Mystery and a Masuerade Ö In the summer of 1998 Walter Kirn then a young novelist struggling with fatherhood and a dissolving marriage set out on a peculiar fateful errand to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from an animal shelter in Montana to tEw Yorker of being duped by a real life Mr Ripley takes us on a bizarre and haunting journey from the posh private club rooms of Manhattan to the hard boiled courtrooms and prisons of Los Angeles In Blood Will Out Kirn lays bare a Dreiseresue tale of class self invention and the great American con. We're brought up to trust and could hardly function otherwise The cop who pulls us over to write a ticket must be a cop because he wears the uniform; the bank teller to whom we hand our paycheck is depositing it not stealing it because he works behind a marble counter; the nurse who places our newborn in our arms is really a nurse because she's holding our baby and our baby is our baby because she's holding it This is the memoir of the author Walter Kirn who was conned by a man claiming to be a Rockefeller whom he would get to know or so he thought over a period of fifteen years One of the most valuable aspects of the book is the author's attention to how he contributed to his own conning but first we should remember as the introductory uote shows that we all contribute to the construction of our shared reality So the author's participation in his own conning is a matter of degree Don't be too hard on himThat said the author actively built a story to make sense of the man known to him as Clark Rockefeller who in fact was a German immigrant named Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter who had arrived in the US as a teenager For instance when they first met he explained Clark's peculiar way of talking and predilection for words such as erstwhile and improprietous as products of an insular upbringingThere was the glamour and wanting someone special as a friend and possible subject But as long as the con was in effect the glamour outweighed the desire to write about himThe book title's double meaning comes from the murder Clark committed back in his 20s while using one of his previous assumed identities The author's investment in his friend's identity was so complete that when the news of his being a murder suspect broke Walter at first blush believed the real Rockefellers were disowning Clark out of snobbishness When the truth dawned and when he instinctively believed his friend formerly known as Clark could be a murderer the author experienced something like a paradigm shift It humbled me It reoriented everything It revealed to me the size and power of my ignorance and vanityThe author was able to hold in mind how he'd thought and reacted and felt pre revelation He had the gift of being able to hold that up for comparison with his present state of mind That's not so typical once we change our minds or convert the way we felt before tends to become unavailable to us The fact the author didn't forget is the source of many of the book's excellent insightsWalter and Clark had met under what turned out to have been a carefully orchestrated pretext in 1998 and from Walter's point of view when the trial began in 2013 they had been friends for the last ten years At the trial Walter met some of the other friendsmarks he'd never been meant to meet and also got to put his head together with those of other journalists witnesses and writers What he came up with is perhaps the most fascinating angle of the book the literary and cinematic uality to Clark's transgressions It turns out he had taken his cues from various crime and noire sources I really should read Patricia Highsmith and watch some those old movies I haven't seen Not to mention inspiring me toward my promised reread of The Great Gatsby I was flabbergasted by what Walter Kirn wrote about Gatsby and need to rethink it If nothing else in the book had had merit which is far from the case that alone would have made it worth readingIt's interesting I found the author so insightful; I think he's very different from me on the issue of being taken in by this sort of character as I would have my guard way up but maybe would have distrusted my reaction and ended up feeling left outI wanted to find out who the author was before beginning to read his memoir and came up with this article from him about his family's and his experience with Mormonism Reading the article was useful also in that I had an audio version as well as the hard copy and the narrator slightly varied from the matter of fact tone he should have used for the author His camping it up just a little interfered with the distinction between the author and Clark but because I had the author's voice in my head already from the article as well as from the book that wasn't a problemAlso the narrator didn't do uite enough research ahead of time and mispronounced about eight or nine words for example ammiability pereenially de' fect as de fect' koan as cone plus misread one incarnation for incarceration But toward the end of the book the joke was on me I thought he'd mispronounced another one but it was I who didn't know how to pronounce that one What's that Oh okay It was chimera Here is the New York Times book review that hooked me Yet from the review I expected the author to be a little bit sad and pitiful which he was not You knew who I was and deep down I knew who you were even if I played dumb there for a time so dumb I didn't realize I was playing which looking back was a fairly cunning strategy I almost forgot Goodreads gets a mention in Blood Will Out since Clark had turned to the John Mortimer novel Paradise Postponed for the odd name of one of his minor aliases Leslie Titmuss When author Walter Kirn googled that the publisher's blurb on Goodreads is what came up