In “the longest con” many authorities have ever seen, Clark Rockefeller scammed hundreds of elite society members for 30 years before finally being outed. Blood Will Out is the true tale of Rockefeller’s later years and his friendship with author Walter Kirn, which began in 1998. When Kirn met the secretive, young New Yorker he had no idea the man was on his fourth alias and would later be revealed as an imposter, kidnapper, and murderer. Kirn’s memoir reads more like a detective novel when chronicling his tumultuous relationship with Rockefeller, his attendance at the murder trial and much later, visiting his old friend in prison. In what author Amy Tan calls “A Hitchcockian psychological thriller,” he gives unprecedented insight into Rockefeller’s crazy genius and Kirn’s inner turmoil that made him susceptible to it in the first place. Kirn is also the author of the novels Thumbsucker and Up in the Air.
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Learn more: About Rockefeller; read some of Kirn’s writing in The Atlantic.