Review: Blood Will Out
Walter Kirn volunteered to transport a dog from his home in Montana to New York so the dog could be adopted by Clark Rockefeller. Kirn was impressed by the Rockefeller name and was happy to get to know a member of the family. Of course, Clark wasn’t really a Rockefeller, he was con artist Christian Gerhartsreiter. When Gerhartsreiter went to trial for murdering a former landlord, Kirn covered the trial. Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade is the story of their relationship.
True crime is one of my guilty pleasures so I had high hopes for this book but, I’m sad to say, it didn’t meet my expectations. I was hoping to learn more about Clark Rockefeller and the murder that eventually brought him down, but found the book to be more about Kirn.
Even though there were many red flags, Kirn chose to believe Gerhartsreiter was indeed a Rockefeller because it made him feel important to know someone from that wealthy family. The book is as much an examination of Kirn’s feelings about being duped by such a practiced con artist as it is about Rockefeller. Kirn also writes of other aspects of his life, such as his failed marriage and, in the end, it wasn’t all that interesting to me.
The audio version of Blood Will Out is narrated by Stephen Bel Davies and he does an excellent job. His narration was the highlight of the book for me. The audio version lasts approximately 7 hours and 15 minutes.