The nice people at HarperCollins Publishing recently sent me a review copy of For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago. The complicated, brutal and senseless murder of young Bobby Franks by two privileged students shocked Chicago and the nation in 1924. Anyone familiar with Chicago history is aware of the incident, but author Simon Baatz is such a skilled wordsmith that the reader seems to be hearing the story for the first time. While I have only begun reading the hefty 560 page tome, I can tell you this - it's a page-turner. My review will be coming soon, but you can preview the book for yourself on the helpful HarperCollins "Browse Inside For the Thrill of It" page.
For more on Leopold and Loeb, scroll down the links in the left column and see my May 21, 2008 post, "Boys Gone Wild: Leopold and Loeb."