Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Devil in The White City by Erik Larson
Okay, so. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is actually two parallel stories: One being the building of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in the 1890s, an endeavour of truly astronomical proportions. The other being that of serial killer Dr. Henry H. Holmes who preyed on trusting young travellers (mostly women) coming to Chicago for the fair. He built a nearby 'hotel' with businesses on the ground floor and rooms above as a façade for what can only be referred to as a house of horrors.
Normally I don't go for cheesy, gross-out movies like 'Hostel', but this, as a non-fiction book with some context, intrigue and insight, is a vastly more interesting story. It has a solid creep factor without all the gory in-your-face details. My imagination takes care of that just fine, thanks. Word on the street is that Leonardo diCaprio just bought the movie rights . . . Hmm, we'll see where he goes with this one.