Murder, Mystery, and a Masquerade

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In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn—then an aspiring novelist—set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn into the world of an eccentric man who ultimately would be revealed as an impostor, child kidnapper, and murderer. Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade is Kirn’s story of being duped by a real-life Mr. Ripley.