The Scarlet Mansionby Allan W. Eckert
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A novel based on the life of Herman Mudgett, alias Dr. Henry H. Holmes, one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, who, before the turn of the century, murdered no less than 133 people. A fascinating view of this dangerous person from the time of his first murder, when he is only 12 years old, to his adult years when he has built a huge, 105-room mansion in Chicago, with most of the space devoted to chambers for torture and death. For many years he has a partner in crime named Ben, but when Ben dies under mysterious and very suspicious circumstances, Philadelphia police detective Frank Geyer is assigned to the case and doggedly sets out to track down the serial killer. As Mudgett/Holmes flees, taking with him Ben's wife and children, it becomes a race to see if Detective Geyer can apprehend him before he kills the other members of Ben's family.
This man was truely evil incarnate. From the first page it will keep you reading well into the night and early morning.
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Allan W. Eckert (January 30, 1931 - July 7, 2011) was an historian, naturalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and playwright. The author of forty published books—plus one, The Infinite Dream, available the fall of 2011 by Jesse Stuart Foundation—he was nominated on seven seperate occasions for the Pulitzer Prize in literature and, in 1985, was recipient of an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 1998 he received his second honorary doctorate, also in Humane Letters, this time from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to his, he wrote and had published over 150 articles, essays, and short stories, as well as considerable poetry, a major outdoor drama, and screenplays for several movies.
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