Treasury of Victorian Murder: Beast of Chicago

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He was the world's first serial killer and he existed in the late 19th century, operating around the Chicago World's Fair, building a literal house of horrors, replete with chutes for dead bodies, gas chambers, surgical rooms. He methodically murdered up to 200 people, mostly young women. The infamous H. H. Holmes is the next subject of Geary's award-winning and increasingly popular series.

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Overview

He was the world's first serial killer and he existed in the late 19th century, operating around the Chicago World's Fair, building a literal house of horrors, replete with chutes for dead bodies, gas chambers, surgical rooms. He methodically murdered up to 200 people, mostly young women. The infamous H. H. Holmes is the next subject of Geary's award-winning and increasingly popular series.

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H. H. Holmes, a Chicago resident in the late 1800s, is now commonly considered the United States' first serial killer. An industrious young man from New Hampshire, he arrived in the Midwest in time to take advantage of the World's Fair, both in his fraudulent business practices and his grisly hobbies. Physician, gentleman, and charmer, Holmes made his money by swindling people in insurance scams and in business, occasionally involving or culminating in the killing of acquaintances or business partners. His most notable and macabre legacy, however, is "The Castle," the labyrinthine three-story business and boardinghouse where he committed the bulk of his crimes. In this warren of gas chambers and hidden panels, Holmes murdered around two hundred victims. His tale is dark and complicated, but historians might never be able to illuminate the final question, "Why?" This new installment of writer/artist Geary's Treasury of Victorian Murder series shows all the hallmarks of his previous volumes: in-depth research, attention to detail, dry humor, and detailed, distinctive art. His black-and-white drawings, epitomizing "quaint," are perfectly suited to a story of the Victorian era. Although the subject matter is ultimately horrific, the art focuses for the most part on people and locations; the impact comes from the events themselves, heightened by a restrained rather than gory depiction. Lovers of crime, history, or excellent illustration should enjoy this book and its five predecessors in the series. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults;Graphic Novel Format). 2003, ComicsLit/NBM, 80p., and Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Lisa Martincik
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561633654
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: A Treasury of Victorian Murder Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,448,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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