Appropriate to an April 1 announcement, you’ve selected a tale of deception—but a deeply troubling one that will not engender giggles or guffaws. Some of you may be immune to charm and excitement but I suspect this book will nudge me to cultivate a bit more skepticism. So hop to it. It might be worth a cocktail or two as you read our April Selection:
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade byWalter Kirn 2014, 272 pages
“An In Cold Blood for our time, a chilling, compulsive story of a writer unwittingly caught in the wake of a grifter-turned-murderer.”
“While living under the pseudonyms Christopher Chichester and Clark Rockefeller, Christian Gerhartsreiter perfected the art of making people believe he was a member of the aristocracy by dressing like an Andover headmaster and talking like Thurston Howell III. …All the spills and thrills had the unintended effect of obscuring the fact that Gerhartsreiter’s adventures were just as sinister as they were preposterous; he did, after all, murder one person and is suspected of killing at least one other.” “’Blood Will Out’ is a wise, deeply frightening, and potentially sleep-disrupting read, one best avoided while stuck at home alone. … In the end, Kirn manages to transform his personal account of one of this century’s most aberrant personalities into a vessel bearing universal truths about narrative, evil, and the American Dream itself.” (Boston Globe)
Blood Will Out is available in the Orleans and Jefferson libraries and as an ebook and audio book. It’s a very recent release and so you should be able to find it at all the local bookstores.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE only RSVP yes if you plan to read the book and to be there for the MEETUP! If your plans change PLEASE have the courtesy to change your RSVP to no.