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Larson struck gold with The Devil in the White City, and he decided to go back to the well again. He again tries to pair a crime with an event, this time the invention and development of the radio by Marconi. Larson doesn’t really explain the science behind radio waves and Marconi was an obsessed, unpleasant but ultimately not very interesting man. The famous Crippen Case was interesting but the most fascinating part, how the crime was committed, is drawn only in outline. And the two stories have a weak linkage. The are two parallel tales. Not a terrible read but this one should not win an Edgar.
I enjoyed the story very much. It was a superbly written book about an era I love, the turn of the last century. I did not care for the significantly over dramatic tone of the narrator. I felt like I was listening to a 1950's radio commercial where every syllable of every word is over annunciated. Some listeners may enjoy that style. It is just not my preference. I do recommend the book though, especially if you enjoyed Mr Larson's other book , Devil in the White City.