The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson bogged me down quite a bit. The premise is intriguing enough; the details of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair are blended with what facts are known about a serial killer on the loose at the time. Larson blends the stories of two men in this account. Daniel H. Burnham is the architect responsible for constructing this larger-than-life fair, while H.H. Holmes is the serial killer luring victims by parading around as a charismatic medical doctor at the same time the fair was underway.
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