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A New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times,
San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Denver Post

and Book Sense Bestseller

By Erik Larson

"Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramatic effect of a novel. . . . A dynamic, enveloping book. . . . It doesn’t hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction." --The New York Times

Daniel Hudson Burnham, a young American architect, became director of works for the World Columbian Exposition and, in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, set out to build a gleaming fairground that would assert America’s place in the world. Just a stone's throw away, Dr. Henry H. Holmes had his own master plan—one that involved luring young women into horrifying traps to satisfy his sadistic desires. Together, their stories—one inspiring, one bone-chilling—form a riveting portrait of a nation grappling with extraordinary technological progress and new urban threats. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

"An irresistible page-turner that reads like the most compelling, sleep-defying fiction." --Time Out New York


About the Author

Erik Larson, author of the international bestseller ISAAC'S STORM, was nominated for a National Book Award for THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY. He is a former features writer for The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, where he is still a contributing writer. His magazine stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's and other publications.

Larson has taught non-fiction writing at San Francisco State, the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and the University of Oregon, and has spoken to audiences from coast to coast. He lives in Seattle with his wife, three daughters, a dwarf hamster, a Chinese fighting fish, and a golden retriever named Molly.

Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
By Erik Larson
Published by Vintage Books
Publication date: February 10, 2004
ISBN: 0-375-72560-1
Price: $14.95 (Can. $22.95)
Pages: 448

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