Saturday, December 15, 2018

Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and and a Masquerade


Rating: 1 Star

So here is the shorter version...

I haven't read something so ridiculous in a long time - and I am not even talking about the schemes and scams of 'Clark Rockefeller'. The author is seriously delusional if he thinks he is not like those he mentioned who wanted the prestige of being 'friends with a Rockefeller'. I skipped over the author's personal stuff because I didn't care. He inserted himself into Clark's story as much as Clark inserted himself into the lives of countless others. He seems pretty self-important and proud of himself, though I am not sure why or for what.

Here is the marginally longer version...

If you are looking for a book about the con man who went by the name of Clark Rockefeller, passing himself off a member of that old-money family, look elsewhere. I was psyched at first to see this on the shelf at the library as a book that had been withdrawn from circulation. I have been wanting to read up on this whole situation for a while and grabbed this one; I so wish that I hadn't.

It's terrible.

This book is not about Clark Rockefeller. It is about the author, who should never be allowed near a vehicle of any kind, as he managed to both run over his dog and his young son (seriously), and how he is a failing novel writer who randomly takes this random dog halfway across the country to 'Clark Rockefeller', who purchased the dog, and somehow they end up being frenemies. And even frenemies is not the right word, but they were not friends and the author constantly harps on how 'Rockefeller' isn't even all that nice to him. It was all so weird, and pointless. I guess we are supposed to feel sorry for him that he got conned by this guy who is actually a thief and a liar and a murderer, but I found that I did not actually care. To piggyback on my shorter review found above, it felt like this book was just one more way for the author to capitalize on his random 'friendship' with someone who ended up not being who they claimed. Like I said, he is inserting himself into the 'Clark Rockefeller' story, because there is truthfully not really anything of interest here. Definitely take a HARD PASS on this one!


  1. Oh dear, sounds like a very unfortunate vanity project. What a waste of your time and a disappointment. Hope you find a proper recounting of Clark Rockefeller's story instead

    1. Thank you! I have another one added to my TBR that I found after I looked through other reviews of this book on Goodreads. It was written before the trial, so hopefully there will be an updated version, if there isn't one already.


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