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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

With Thunderstruck, Erik Larson (The Devil in the White City) tells the story of two men and the intersection of their lives early in the 20th century. London at the time was a world of scientific exploration, and one of these scientists, Guglielmo Marconi, was struggling to perfect and patent his method of wireless communication. The other man, Dr. Hawley Crippen, found that murder was the solution to the problem of his overbearing wife and his love for a young woman. After burying his wife's body, he set sail for Canada. Uncovering the crime, a Scotland Yard Inspector set chase on a faster ship. It was Marconi's wireless system that allowed the ships to communicate and allowed the British public to follow the chase with rapt attention. Thunderstruck has received positive reviews with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram saying, "With Thunderstruck, Larson again demonstrates that he's one of the best nonfiction writers around and proves that real-life murders can be as compelling to read about as fictional ones."
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