Fascinating... Blood Will Out is a moral tale about the dangers of social climbing on a rickety ladder — for both those trying to scramble up the rungs and those trying to hold it steady below.
In this smart, real-life psychological thriller, the fake Rockefeller is a zombie Gatsby and Kirn the post-apocalyptic Fitzgerald.
Page-turning . . . Invoking Jay Gatsby and The Talented Mr Ripley, [Kirn] shows us the way one individual, by simply dropping names all over the place, going sockless and never carrying a wallet, can get alarmingly far in a country that was founded on self-invention.
The story of Blood Will Out is one of cosmic ironies and jaw-dropping reversals… Kirn’s persona is captivating — funny, pissed off, highly literate, and self-searching... An elegant, classic writer… Add the highly readable, intricately told Blood Will Out to the list of great books about the dizzying tensions of the writing life and the maddening difficulty of getting at the truth.
There is no finer guide to the American berserk than Walter Kirn.
Written with Walter Kirn's usual stylistic verve, insight, and imagination.