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An Insatiable Thirst for Murder: Serial Killer Henry Holmes - The Novel by [Hammott, Ben, Wilkinson, Bill]
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If your hear him lock the door, you are already dead!

"An atmospheric dramatization of a true crime mystery using source documents and the investigations carried out by detective Frank Geyer to portray a believable and disturbing account of the heinous murders and crimes of the serial killer, Henry H. Holmes."

"Insightful thoughts of some characters during their impending death make it too easy to identify with the horror of what they experienced. By the time I got to the end of some parts, I was out of breath, literally!"

"Grabs your concentration by the throat with every horrific and appalling act carried out by Holmes and never lets go. The scenes are so well written that you find yourself witnessing everything as if you were there."

"This well researched dramatization of the Chicago serial killer, Henry Holmes, because it's based on actual events, isn't something that's always easily digestible; it sits in your gut and gnaws at your insides. It becomes part of your subconscious. You think of it long after you have laid the book aside. No punches are pulled to describe the horrendous crimes carried out by this cold hearted killer."

"Hammott's writing is easy to read. He has a real knack for creating great descriptions of scenes, characters, and murderous action."

"Absorbingly horrific. As if it were a plane crash that you just can't look away from, because you're intrigued as to how and what will happen next."

"An absorbing read that will remain with you long after you've turned the last page."

"The prose is very descriptive and emotive. It actually gave me quite an emotional kick in the gut when Holmes's murderous appetite focused on the children. No one was safe from this man."

"As fascinating as it is shocking."


This book contains the shocking dramatization of real events carried out by the serial killer, Henry Howard Holmes.

America's first documented serial killer, Henry Howard Holmes, holds a dubious and ghastly record that few serial killers in history have surpassed. The 19th century killer is thought to have committed over 200 murders, but, for unexplained reasons, appears to have been overlooked by many true crime enthusiasts. Set partly in the era when "Jack the Ripper" was terrorizing the foggy streets of London with his gruesome slayings in the 19th century, Holmes was committing his nefarious crimes in America, undetected.

Holmes, a handsome, well dressed gentleman with high intelligence, was a murderer and accomplished conman. Charm and trust were his most effective weapons and he welded them as expertly as any surgeon would a scalpel.

To achieve an easy way to entrap and dispose of his intended victims, Holmes constructed a huge building that when his crimes were revealed, the newspapers of the time named the "Murder Hotel." And this is a fair description as there can be no doubt the building was constructed for the sole purpose of killing his victims and the disposal of their corpses. Though the majority of his victims were women he charmed and ensnared in his murderous grasp, he also murdered men and children.
As the trial judge said when charging the jury responsible for convicting Holmes: "Truth is stranger than fiction, and if the story is true—(and it was proven to be true)—it is the most wonderful exhibition of the power of mind over mind I have ever seen, and stranger than any novel I have ever read."

After 2 years of research and consultation with modern day serial killer profilers, I believe this to be the most accurate dramatized account of America's first documented serial killer, Henry Holmes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4615 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BestBooks Publications; 1 edition (15 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZS2I70A
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Insatiable Thirst for Murder. 20 December 2015
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'd recommend this book to historical fiction and non-fiction fans.
The book is a dramatisation of the murder spree of H.H.Holmes during the 1880s and 1890s primarily in Chicago.
The story was fascinating and enhanced by photographs of the main characters and the locations some of the murders took place. If I hadn't been aware the story was based on facts I would have said the plot was unbelievable especially as he was actually caught out because of horse rustling and an insurance scam rather than his bigamous marriages and the frequent disappearances of guests staying in his specially designed hotel.
The writing style was at the mid point between fiction and non-fiction. It lacked the usual fiction techniques of building suspense and character empathy but with the dialogue and descriptions it was far more engaging than a straight forward non-fictional account. The gruesome and bizarre story of Mr Holmes held my interest throughout.
I was entertained and learnt about an unusual character I had no previous knowledge of and also a real flavour of Chicago of the time period.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real-life monster! 16 January 2016
By kybookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
An Insatiable Thirst for Murder is the perfect title for this book, because an insatiable thirst for murder is exactly what Henry Holmes had. He is known as America’s first recorded serial killer, but he should be known as the worst. We’ve had other monsters in this country in the years since Holmes, but none as bad as he was Many serial killers stick to one kind of victim, but Holmes killed women, men, and even children. And he even constructed a hotel designed specifically to make it easy to kill people and dispose of their bodies.

If someone made up a fictional character like Holmes, it would be unbelievable, but as they say, truth is stranger than fiction. Ben Hammott has done a fantastic job of telling the story of the monster that was Holmes. He takes the historical facts and dramatizes them in a very entertaining way. If you like true crime, you’ll love this book, but be warned, it might keep you up at night.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chilling 22 December 2015
By Legacy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A story about a pyschopath - this is right up my alley. Can it deliver? Yes, it does. The story of Henry Holmes is a compelling one, well-researched, and will give knots to your stomach if you cannot handle gore and death. The methodical way Holmes went about his killings is fascinating. I was thoroughly entertained, and Mr. Hammott's best skill is to bring out emotion from his readers. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 February 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly Uninteresting 16 March 2016
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
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With such an interesting topic, I was expecting the author to flesh out the characters and bring some life to the time period involved. Instead, this reads like assembly instructions. This happens, then this, then something else.
I realize that it's based on facts, yet if you're going to invent dialogue, you could go a bit further into description and make the people into characters so the reader has something to care about. As it stands, this book takes one of America's most heinous crime sprees and makes it an utterly boring affair.

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