Review ~ The Man from the Train

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James & Rachel McCarthy James Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with … Continue reading Review ~ The Man from the Train

Review ~ Laurant

Laurant: The Man of Many Mysteries by Gabe Fajuri In 1896, Eugene Laurant became a professional magician. 21 years earlier, as Eugene Greenleaf, he was born on the frontier, in the horse and buggy town that was Denver, Colorado. Billed as the "Man of Many Mysteries," Laurant spent almost 50 seasons on tour. His stage-filling … Continue reading Review ~ Laurant

Review ~ Houdini and Conan Doyle

Houdini and Conan Doyle by Christopher Sandford In the early twentieth century, Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were two of the most famous men alive, and their relationship was extraordinary: Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the ultra-rational detective Sherlock Holmes, nonetheless believed in the supernatural. After eleven family members, including his son and brother, … Continue reading Review ~ Houdini and Conan Doyle

Review ~ The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger October 1991. It was "the perfect storm"—a tempest that may happen only once in a century—a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of … Continue reading Review ~ The Perfect Storm

Review ~ Thieves, Rascals and Sore Losers

Thieves, Rascals and Sore Losers: The Unsettling History of the Dirty Deals that Helped Settle Nebraska by Marilyn Coffey On they came, from Belgium and New Hampshire, from Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia, from the Chicago fire, from the territories: Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, the Dakotas. All the way they brawled, about Indians, about border lines, about … Continue reading Review ~ Thieves, Rascals and Sore Losers

Review ~ Heaven’s Ditch

Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal by Jack Kelly The technological marvel of its age, the Erie Canal grew out of a sudden fit of inspiration. Proponents didn't just dream; they built a 360-mile waterway entirely by hand and largely through wilderness. As excitement crackled down its length, the canal became … Continue reading Review ~ Heaven’s Ditch

Review ~ A Dirty, Wicked Town

A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha by David L. Bristow Omaha, Nebraska, is a laid-back city in America’s heartland. In the nineteenth century, however, it had a very different reputation. Omaha grew from a speculative scheme in 1854 to a booming city. Along the way there were scores of great stories. “It … Continue reading Review ~ A Dirty, Wicked Town