In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then a young velist struggling with fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from an animal shelter in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector. Thus began a fifteen-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who, one day, would be shockingly unmasked as a brazen serial impostor and brutal double-murderer. This is a one-of-a-kind story of an incent man duped by a real-life Mr Ripley, taking us on a bizarre and haunting journey from the private club rooms of Manhattan to the courtrooms and prisons of Los Angeles.
WALTER KIRN is the author of eight books, including Thumbsucker and Up in the Air, both of which have been filmed. He graduated from Princeton in 1983 and has worked as a literary critic and essayist for New York Magazine and The New York Times Book Review, among countless other publications.