The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
The planning, development, and realization of the Chicago World's Fair in the late 1800's is the back drop of this interesting history that reads as a novel. The fair is to to be the largest in history and all the while a cold calculating serial killer is moving among the city luring and killing dozens of young women. HH Holmes was a dark and twisted man, carrying out fraud after fraud and stealing from all he came in contact with. Many years go by before anyone learns of his dark secrets.
This book started off a bit slow for me, mainly because the vast amounts of information, names, and dates. However, the history of how the 1893 World's Fair was conceived and developed was fascinating as was the story of HH Holmes. I have always wanted to see Chicago, but after reading this and Loving Frank, a trip to Chicago is now a MUST do.
I also just heard this book will be a movie in 2013 staring Leonardo DiCapprio!