Not long after Jack the Ripper haunted the ill-lit streets of 1888 London, H.H. Holmes dispatched somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, in the churning new metropolis of Chicago; many of the murders occurred during the city’s finest moment, the World’s Fair of 1893. (Publishers Weekly) At the same time Chicago architect, Danile H. Burnham performed miracles to create the hugely successful World’s Fair that Holmes used to his advantage to become the first serial killer in the United States. Moving between the two fascinating stories, one quickly forgets that this book is nonfiction. 2003, 447 pages.