"Erik Larson tracks [H H Holmes] with practised journalistic skill... Highly readable" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Captures the spirit of an America bursting with pioneering drive... a gripping book" (Independent on Sunday)
"Bursting with so much vitality you half expect it to jump right out of your hands" (Yorkshire Evening Post)
"An irresistible page-turner that reads like the most compelling, sleep defying fiction" (Time Out)
From the Back Cover
One man built a heaven on earth. Another built hell beside it.
The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 was one of the great wonders of the world. This is the extraordinary story of its realization, and of two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer...
The architect was Daniel H. Burnham. He created the 'White City', a massive, visionary landscape of white buildings set in an incandescent wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H. H. Holmes, a handsome doctor with intense blue eyes, who used the attraction of the great fair and his own devilish charms to lure scores, perhaps hundreds, of young women to their deaths. And while Burnham overcame politics, infighting, personality clashes and Chicago's infamous weather to transform the swamps of Jackson Park into the greatest show on Earth, Holmes built his own edifice. He called it the World's Fair Hotel. In reality it was a torture palace, a gas chamber, a crematorium.
These two disparate yet driven men together with a remarkable supporting cast, including Buffalo Bill, George Ferris and Thomas Edison, are brought to life in this mesmerizing, murderous tale of the spectacle that transformed America and set it on course for the 20th century.
About the Author
Erik Larson is a prize-winning journalist for Time Magazine and author of the bestselling Isaac's Storm. He lives in Seattle with his family.
To find out more about his latest book and the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 visit www.DevilintheWhiteCity.com