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The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

AUTHOR Blum, Deborah
PUBLISHER Penguin Books (01/25/2011)
PRODUCT TYPE Paperback (Paperback)

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Equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is "a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie" (The New York Observer)

A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice.

In 2014, PBS's AMERICAN EXPERIENCE released a film based on The Poisoner's Handbook.

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ISBN-13: 9780143118824
ISBN-10: 014311882X
Binding: Paperback or Softback (Trade Paperback (Us))
Content Language: English
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Page Count: 319
Carton Quantity: 36
Product Dimensions: 5.56 x 0.73 x 8.48 inches
Weight: 0.60 pound(s)
Feature Codes: Bibliography, Index, Price on Product - Canadian, Price on Product, Table of Contents, Ikids
Country of Origin: US
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Medical | Forensic Medicine
Medical | Toxicology
Medical | United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD,
Grade Level: College Freshman and up
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Reading Level: 0
Point Value: 0
Guided Reading Level: Not Applicable
Dewey Decimal: 614.130
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A beguiling concoction--equal parts true crime, 20th-century history, and science thriller--"The Poisoner's Handbook" is a fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison, and murder, and the birth of forensic medicine.
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Equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is "a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie" (The New York Observer)

A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice.

In 2014, PBS's AMERICAN EXPERIENCE released a film based on The Poisoner's Handbook.

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Author: Blum, Deborah
DEBORAH BLUM is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and the author of five books, including The Poisoner's Handbook. She writes about environmental chemistry for The New York Times at Poison Pen and is a blogger for Wired at Elemental.
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