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The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic and Madness at the ... by Erik Larson
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Nov 29, 07

bookshelves: nonfiction-adult

This book provided a really intriguing behind-the-scenes peek into the Chicago architectural world, and it's gone right to my head. When a friend came to visit I found myself spouting trivia relating to FLW's fraught days working with Sullivan--which amounts to a footnote next to the greater stash of architectural anecdotes that make up one half of this novel. The other half follows the sinister machinations of a serial killer who was operating at the same time as the World's Fair was being constructed. The story of this often-thankless and problem-riddled construction project weaves in and out of the murderer's tale as the book progresses. Needless to say, this was a very absorbing read. To be honest, I think it also gave me a few nightmares, but still...worth reading....less
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