The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America is a non-fiction book presented in a novelistic style. The book is based on real characters and events. Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the film rights in 2010.
The book is set in Chicago, circa 1893, intertwining the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World's Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who lured his victims to their deaths in his elaborately constructed "Murder Castle."
About the Author
Erik Larson (born January 3, 1954) is an American journalist and nonfiction author. In a 2003 interview he says about himself: "Maybe I don’t have a novelist’s sensibility, but what I do have is an ... ear and eye for the little stories that bring an era alive. The best way to convey those stories is in the world of non-fiction. Often the best stories of the past are so bizarre that they wouldn’t work as fiction."