Erik Larson will entertain, educate, and amaze with his story telling of an actual period in American history. We have two parallel stories here: the undertaking and creation of America's first World's Fair ever, scheduled to take place in Chicago, and a charming, good-looking madman who views the throngs of visiting women to the city as his playing field for depravity and murder. It's an a totally engrossing story, all true, and all accounts, conversations, and exchanges documented. Larson doesn't miss around. Should The Devil in the White City be the reader's first experience with Erik Larson, I assure you, it won't be his or her last. I have recommended this book to many and they, in turn, have recommended it to many more. Get it, and hold on to your hat. It's going to be a bumpy ride.