The Devil in the White City

By Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City

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Reviews of The Devil in the White City

Gripping drama, captured with a reporter’s nose for a good story and a novelist’s flair for telling it. The result is a synthetic blend that doesn't do justice to either.

This book is everything popular history should be, meticulously recreating a rich, pre-automobile America on the cusp of modernity, in which the sale of "articulated" corpses was a semi-respectable trade and serial killers could go well-nigh unnoticed.

Larson. . .does not successfully resolve an interesting idea into a wholly cohesive narrative.

As a work of research it is very well done, that is, assuming it is all correct. Yet as a literary read? The writing should have been tightened, made less pedestrian, and just overall more oomph added.

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