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									Erik LarsonErik Larson
Erik Larson has an uncanny ability to find riveting stories lurking in rarely-explored corners of American history. From the devastating hurricane he recounted in Isaac’s Storm to the exploits of a monstrous serial killer in Devil in the White City, Erik Larson is proving that a book doesn’t have to be fictional to be wildly entertaining.

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Erik Larson
Current Home:
Seattle, Washington
Date of Birth:
January 1, 1954
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1978
Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, 2004 for The Devil in the White City

Larson's Latest

Published Works

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								Thunderstruck, Author: 
								Erik Larson.

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by Erik Larson
In his latest innovative historical novel, Larson pairs the story of a groundbreaking technological advance with a scandalous murder to flesh out the cultural details of its pre-WWI setting, brilliantly combining the case of Dr. Hawley Crippen with Guglielmo Marconi's invention of radio.

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								Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun, Author: 
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*  Naked Consumer: How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities (1992)
*  Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun (1994)
*  Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (2000)
*  The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (2003)
*  Thunderstruck (2006)

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Larson's Bestseller

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								The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, Author: 
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson
Larson's latest "stranger than fiction" expose takes readers back to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair to tell the larger-than-life story of the great exposition and of two men whose fates were sealed amid its splendor -- one an esteemed architect, the other America's first serial killer.

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A Writer and His Research

"I always work alone. No researchers, no assistants," Larson confided in an interview with his publisher about The Devil in the White City. "I need first-hand contact with my sources -- for example, I found it infinitely valuable to be able to touch the original postcards on which Patrick Prendergast revealed his insane delusion, one that would bring the fair to such a tragic end. The obvious pressure he placed on his pencil as he wrote brought his part of the story vividly to life. I love a good archive."

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								Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, Author: 
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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
by Erik Larson
A groundbreaking retelling of one of America's greatest natural disasters, Isaac's Storm brought the devastating Galveston hurricane of 1900 to a present-day audience. "A gripping account, horridly fascinating to its core, and all the more compelling for being true," said The New York Times.

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								The Maltese Falcon, Author: 
								Dashiell Hammett.

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The Maltese Falcon
by Dashiell Hammett
In our exclusive interview with Larson, he told us about some of his all-time favorite books, including Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, which he said he loves "for the sheer power and simplicity of Hammett's prose." Read our interview to learn more about Larson's best-loved reads, including:

*Caroline's Daughters  by Alice Adams
*Dark Star  by Alan Furst
*Roseanna  by Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
*The Honorary Consul  by Graham Greene
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