Thank you, DW! I happen to be looking for a book I can really sink my teeth into.<quoted text>
Barbi! I recommend this book. I read it a few years back. This article states that Leonardo Dicaprio has purchased the movie rights.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (Crown Publishers, ISBN 0-609-60844-4) is a 2003 non-fiction book by Erik Larson presented in a novelistic style. The book is based on real characters and events. Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the film rights in 2010.
The book is set in Chicago, circa 1893, intertwining the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World's Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who lured his victims to their deaths in his elaborately constructed "Murder Castle."
This bifurcated novel does go into details of the Fair quite a bit, and as much of the 'Castle' that the author could find.
Oh ... I just now reminded myself. There were 2 or 3 books by Kaleb Karr pertaining to a turn-of-the-(20th)-century detective in New York city. I don't remember the titles now, but they were good reads.
I watched just enough of this program to arouse my curiosity. I was trying to remember this a.m. when I posted about it - the of the "Murder Castle." Oh, what that man did!
I guess the entire structure covered a city block and was three stories high. Innocent people who had traveled to Chicago just to attend the fair would end up I in this guy's basement being dissected or put in his "asphyxiation" chamber or some other ghoulish apparatus, then he would cremate them! It was the epitome of pure genious and evil, and of equal fascination is how he was caught. If it were not for one sloppy, ill-planned murder he committed in another state, and great detective work, he would have gotten away with this.
But combined with the story of that fair is what is really so fascinating. The building and the money that went into that event is breathtaking. I had no idea Chicago was such a mess until this fair changed the course of the city's very history!