Call it the “DiCaprio effect.”
In the wake of news that Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a Martin Scorsese film based on Eric Larson’s book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, the non-fiction work has returned to the bestseller list after more than a decade.
The book is currently sitting at number 23 on USA Today’s bestseller list, one spot higher than where it peaked at during its original run in 2003. The new surge comes thanks to confirmation that Leonardo DiCaprio, who has held the film rights for years, is getting together (again) with acclaimed director Martin Scorsese to finally make the movie.
Larson’s book tells the true story of the serial killer H.H. Holmes, who committed his crimes in turn-of-the-century Chicago. Larson focuses on Holmes’ activities during the 1893 World’s Fair, which Chicago hosted.
Larson is known for his ability to use fast-paced writing to make his historical works read like novels. His latest book, Dead Wake, is also a current bestseller. It debuted at number two and is now sitting at number 45.
The movie version of The Devil in the White City is still in development, and no release date has yet been announced.
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