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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
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Jun 27, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in June, 2009

In much the same way that Homicide is addictive, this book is extraordinarily difficult to stop reading. Combining the sheer municipal pride and thrust of Chicago to secure and then pull off the World's Columbian Expedition of 1893, discussion of architecture and landscape architecture, and arguably the first publicized serial killer in America, the lines of thought are paralleled and interwoven in short (1-3 pages) episodes, making the story even harder to interrupt, knowing that there is something interesting promised on the next page. Yes. I would not call it the most literary book i have read recently, but it is a hell of a story. 4.5 stars.

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06/19/2009 page 5
06/25/2009 page 279
62.42% "I should have kept this for an aeroplane reading book. Goes down like tea with honey, spiked with blood."
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