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Publisher's Note:

An In Cold Blood for our time, a chilling, compulsive story of a writer unwittingly caught in the wake of a grifter-turned-murderer. In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn—then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage—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 C…

Overall Book Review:

I haven’t read In Cold Blood, but after reading this book, and hearing about the similarities, I think I just might have to. If you have trouble getting excited over a non-fiction book, or think that you only like fiction or mystery novels, you just might be surprised at how gripping this book is. I had heard it was a good read, but I never know who can be relied upon in the library world to recommend a “good book” to me personally.

This book reads much like a newspaper story, but with a lot more detail. I liked that aspect of it. It was like seeing a really intriguing headline and being able to immerse myself in the chilling story all day, instead of for just a few moments. There were some parts of this book that were far more interesting and fast-paced than others, but for the most part, I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging this story was. This is the story of a man that seems to be an average human being. He might be a little richer, and a little better dressed than some, but he just because he lives a life that is more privileged than you and I doesn’t make him into a better or worse person…or so we think.

Even the most careful person can’t go their whole lives hiding from a crime they have committed. Eventually they will be found out, or that is the way it seems to be. This book proves this point to be true and it also shows that the most unsuspicious people might just have a secret lurking in their past. Even if you don’t read non-fiction, you should try Blood Will Out. I bet you’ll be happy you decided to take the time to read this terrifyingly true story.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 scatological words; 1 anatomical term; 1 F-Word derivative.

Violence/Gore:  An animal is hit by a car and injured; a stabbing is mentioned to occur; an abduction takes place and is briefly described; suicide by slitting wrists is mentioned; a murder trial is attended and the dead bodies are described; a maimed body is briefly described; methods of murder are mentioned; blood and gore are described.

Sex/Nudity:  Sex is referred to; sex is implied to have taken place between adults; a sex scandal is mentioned to occur.

Mature Subject Matter:

Divorce, betrayal, murder, death, child abandonment.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults smoke; adults drink; drug use and drug addicts are mentioned.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.