“BLOOD & INK is an addictive whodunit and a vivid depiction of a crime that gripped a generation of newspaper readers.”
—The New York Times Book Review 

“Pompeo retells the whole sordid business with care and authority, deftly pacing its astonishing developments.”
The Washington Post

Assiduously researched and bursting with 1920s flair, a story of dark secrets and burning ambition, BLOOD & INK freshly chronicles one of the most electrifying but forgotten homicides in U.S. history. It also traces the birth of American tabloid journalism, pandering to the masses with sordid tales of love, sex, money, and murder.


“Joe Pompeo vividly brings to life all of the color, drama, and intrigue of a century-old murder case that continues to baffle investigators to this day. Set against the backdrop of a form of journalism that would metastasize in the decades that followed, BLOOD & INK is a deft piece of investigative reporting and storytelling that refuses to lose its grip on the reader.”

Bryan Burrough, bestselling co-author of Barbarians At the Gate and Forget the Alamo

“Pompeo brilliantly presents one of the most fascinating cases in the annals of true crime, the Hall-Mills murders. Pompeo investigates a story that fuses religion, betrayal, greed, and adoration, which offers us a complex and tragic portrait of a love story that seemed almost doomed from start.”

Kate Winkler Dawson, author of American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI, and host of the hit podcast Tenfold More Wicked

“Pompeo expertly tells the rip-roaring tale of a century-old murder and the ongoing mysteries surrounding the deaths of a minister and his choir-singer lover. Pompeo also shows how the rise of the New York City tabloids kept the scandal alive. I couldn’t put it down. You won’t be able to either.”

William D. Cohan, bestselling author of House of Cards