Return to the Scene of the Crime is chock full of interesting information and written in high gun-slingin style, but as a walking tour book it's a mess. If you're willing to go through the book with a pair of scissors, a marker, and tape it might work. The crime scenes are not arranged chronologically, geographically or by subject but seemingly at random. Most walking guide books arrange the subject matter geographically and will try to put stories together into a narrative, because presumably you are going to trudge around with this book in your hands. It would be nice to recreate the scene in your mind as you walk through the neighborhoods, trying to imagine what it was like "way back when." But this book doesn't allow that. It sends you here and there, from Dillinger to Al Capone and then throws in totally unrelated crimes. And be prepared for sore feet. For instance, In the downtown tour you start on the northern edge of the loop, are instructed to walk to the southern edge of the loop for an unrelated second crime scene and then you're sent to the western outer limits of the loop for yet a third scene. Once you get there, if you haven't looked ahead, you'll find that you've just walked right past most of the other 30 scenes on the tour. After the first three scenes you will probably want to go home and sleep the rest of the day. We tried to do the north shore tour by car (walking would have been impossible because it is too dispersed) and found ourselves constantly doubling back on ourselves and jumping back and forth between decades and stories. The frustrating part was that the tour could easily have been a great one, and an atmosphere created for each particular neighborhood (gangsters on the gold coast, for example) but these larger themes were lost because of the poor organization both in terms of subject and geography. Even the little details are maddening. Every chapter starts with a map with numbers designating the crime scenes and a correspondingly numbered one-sentance description of the scene on the next page. However, the longer stories that follow are not numbered so if you lose your place (which you inevitably do) you wind up standing on the corner, or in the car, thumbing through the pages looking for the next scene's location. what a pain!! What a pity - there's a lot there, but you have to be willing to re-edit the book yourself to make any use of it either as a tour guide or as an historical narrative.