Countless crimes have riveted Chicago and its surrounding communities throughout history. Second City Sinners offers front-row seats to the Haymarket Riot that exploded across the city in 1886, then bleeds through the historic back alleys, skirting past a murderous butcher, the Black Hand, Tommy O'Connor's jailbreak, and John Dillinger's final flick at the Biograph Theater. In the courtroom, witness Clarence Darrow in 1894 as he defends the man who murdered Chicago's mayor, and then again in 1924 as Darrow attempts to save the young men who tried to plot the perfect crime.
Many of the voices of these historic characters come from the journalists of their era, reporting on life and death in Chicago. Chicago Sun-Times journalist Jon Seidel takes readers back in time to the days when H. H. Holmes lurked in his "Murder Castle" and guys named Al Capone and John Dillinger ruled the underworld. Drawing upon years of reporting, and with special access to the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times archives, Jon Seidel explains how men such as Nathan Leopold, Richard Loeb and Richard Speck tried to get away with history's most disturbing crimes.
An "earnest, well-researched crime collection … True crime buffs will find plenty to enjoy." ~ Publishers Weekly
"It's easy to get absorbed in Jon Seidel's 'Second City Sinners.' " ~ Daily Herald
"Seidel’s penchant for short, newspaper-style paragraphs keeps these stories running at full throttle." ~ Dean Jobb, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Second City Sinners is published by Lyons Press and is available in hardcover, paperback, on Kindle or Nook, or as an audiobook: