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

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A beguiling concoction-equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller.

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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.

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Author Deborah Blum
Publisher Penguin Books
Page Count 336pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.5
Publication Notes trade paperback
Publication Date January 25, 2011
ISBN 978-0143118824

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