The Devil In The White City
The Devil in the White City tells the story of two men in Chicago in the early 1890's. One is Daniel Burnham, the architect and director of the World's Fair set to be held in Chicago in 1893, whose passion, vision, and execution of the fair changed American culture and consciousness forever. The other is an enigma named Dr. H. H. Holmes, who used the backdrop of the fair and the naiveté of the average American to lure women to their deaths. Together, the story of these two men intertwine with the stories of others; Americans of that time, whose ambition, wonder, innocence, and thirst to prove themselves to the world allowed for the most startling architectural, technological, and artistic advances to be culminated at the World's Fair, but also allowed un unknown evil to creep quietly among them, leaving in its wake the refuse of dozens of shattered dreams.
This is a true story, but it's no dry historian's tale. Written in a gripping novelist's style, The Devil in the White City will keep you up at night, both to read it, and to wonder at that noise in the hall.