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Subject: the devil in the white city
Date Posted: 6/26/2008 11:57 PM ET
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Can anyone tell me if The Devil in the White City has graphic murder scenes?   The book sounds very intriguing to me but I am not sure about the serial killer.  I don't enjoy reading vivid descriptions of murders or violence.  Thanks for your help!!

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 7:22 AM ET
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To be truthful, I quickly forget details in what I read.  I read this a few months, and many books, ago.  However, I'm pretty sure that there were no graphic murder scenes, no bloody/gory descriptions.  The book is fascinating and I was surprised that I was interested in the architectual development of the World's Fair.

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 11:33 AM ET
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I wouldn't call it graphic like the Hannibal series, although it's descriptive. It's really a fantastic book, as much about the world's fair as it the killer. As I recall (and it's been a few years) the "murder" scenes are speculative as to how he might have done it.
Date Posted: 6/27/2008 1:00 PM ET
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I have to agree. I read it a long time ago but don't remember being grossed out.

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 1:13 PM ET
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It purposely does not have graphic scenes in it.  It goes back and forth between the plans for the fair and the serial murderer - but it does NOT go into gory detail at all.

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 4:02 PM ET
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There's no grisly descriptions of the murders, but half the book is about a serial killer.  Just the facts of what he did, luring people even children, to their deaths might be upsetting.  But there's no graphic descriptions of the deaths or any other really goulish stuff.   And its an amazing book, one of my all time favorites.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 12:41 PM ET
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I found this book to be very interesting.  Nothing too graphic.  Great information about the World' s Fair and the architechts of the time.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 7:07 PM ET
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I, too, was impressed with the history.  The world's fair stuff was fascinating...and I was amazed at how relatively easily the serial killer escaped detection.  I'd say give it a try.  You can always skip the serial killer parts if you want to.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 11:40 PM ET
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I don't remember the serial killer parts being overly graphic - although I still think about one part... (but it wasn't written in a gruesome way). It is my second all-time favorite book (after To Kill a Mockingbird)!

Date Posted: 6/29/2008 12:14 PM ET
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We did this for book club last year and everyone loved it.  I don't recall anything too graphic though...

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 12:59 PM ET
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don't recall it being graphic either.


Of course, I am different from most of the posters here.... I don't remember it being truly a fascinating read either....

too slow for me...

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 10:58 AM ET
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I read this quite a while ago.  I found the very beginning to be quite slow -- and then it just skyrocketed to where I couldn't put it down!  I highly recommend it.  And I don't usually read nonfiction, either.

Date Posted: 7/11/2008 2:38 PM ET
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I loved it and read it this past winter.  Can't remember any truly nasty murder parts.  I think he dismembers bodies to get rid of them but don't recall how detailed it was.   Try it and skim the parts that are too much for you.  The info on the world's fair makes it worth it.