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Review: Blood Will Out

June 26, 2014

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.

Review copy provided by Lisa Weinert Consulting.
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17 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    June 26, 2014 7:33 am

    Shoot. I read true crime every once in a while and when it’s good, it’s fascinating. I’ll pass on this one.

  2. June 26, 2014 7:40 am

    You should read The Man in the Rockefeller Suit – that one is all about Clark Rockefeller and it’s super fascinating! I read it last year and enjoyed it. This one may be just up my alley – it will be interesting to read another person’s viewpoint on his relationship with the con Rockefeller.

  3. June 26, 2014 8:34 am

    Amazing how a good narrator can save an otherwise not-especially-memorable book.

  4. June 26, 2014 8:46 am

    I’m not really a fan of true crime. I like to pretend crime is only in fiction!

  5. June 26, 2014 9:34 am

    I have heard a lot about this book, but after reading your review I’m not sure it’s one I’d be interested in reading.

  6. June 26, 2014 10:21 am

    I used to read true crime when I was younger, doesn’t appeal to me anymore. Not sure why.

  7. June 26, 2014 10:45 am

    Too bad this wasn’t what you expected. True crime isn’t a genre I’m attracted to but it might be something I’ll try one day.

  8. June 26, 2014 1:41 pm

    Wow…I can’t even imagine reading this book…you are very brave!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    June 26, 2014 2:19 pm

    I was also going to say you should read THE MAN IN THE ROCKEFELLER SUIT. Terrific book and amazing story!

  10. June 26, 2014 3:57 pm

    Thanks for your candid review. It seams like this novel went on a few different trails.

  11. June 27, 2014 1:08 am

    Kathy, thanks for your honest review. I wish it had been more interesting.

  12. June 27, 2014 8:00 pm

    I’m a big scaredy-cat when it comes to true crime – I have a fascination for it but then I shy away because it’s *real*. . .all those thrillers I read are *fiction* and that stuff doesn’t really happen. . .that’s the lie I tell myself anyways :-)

  13. June 27, 2014 11:09 pm

    I love a good true crime too, so was disappointed you didn’t like it. Think I’ll pass on it.

  14. June 27, 2014 11:33 pm

    Too bad. I don’t read a lot of true crime, but when I do I usually like it. Not sure if this would work for me.

  15. June 28, 2014 10:13 am

    Darn! The description you gave sounded interesting, but too bad it didn’t quite work out.

  16. June 28, 2014 6:46 pm

    It’s too bad this wasn’t better. I am glad the narrator at least did a good job! I haven’t read too much in the way of true crime. I’m often disappointed, and so it’s not a genre I pick up often. Plus, you could say I dabble in true crime every day at work!

  17. June 28, 2014 8:19 pm

    This sounds like a fascinating, albeit disturbing, story. It’s a shame this book didn’t work for you.

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