We seem to be the last animals in left in the world that haven't read The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, as everyone we talk to about it has already read it, but we just finished it and we're recommending it here. It really is an incredible book.
In the late 1890's, Chicago was given the opportunity to build and hold a gigantic World's Fair to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's trip, and to upstage Paris's recent world fair. A slew of architects, engineers, builders, landscapers, and more set to work design a fair that no one would ever forget. In the midst of all this excitement and of the eventual success the fair would be, dwelt a serial killer of the most macabre. Great setting for a story, right? This non-fiction is a little drier than a novel, but still feels like a horror novel. We loved it!
Quick vote: If you don't mind non-fiction, this is an incredible book; and if you're one of the few people that haven't read it yet, you're in for a real treat.