The Poisoner's Handbook

Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

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Publisher Description

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

“The Poisoner’s Handbook breathes deadly life into the Roaring Twenties.” —Financial Times

“Reads like science fiction, complete with suspense, mystery and foolhardy guys in lab coats tipping test tubes of mysterious chemicals into their own mouths.”
 —NPR: What We're Reading

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.

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2010
February 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.9
MB

Customer Reviews

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Loved reading

Great book!

Fishing Preacher ,

The Poisoner’s Handbook

Excellent historical narrative. Well written.

SarahSecret66 ,

LOVED IT

This book fought its way to the top and said "I AM YOUR FAVORITE." It's a narrative telling of the history of forensics, with humor and poise. It's gritty, and doesn't gloss over or make things pretty, telling it like it is. You find yourself rooting for Norris and Gettler as they battle not only murderers, but society and the government, as well. I don't really read many nonfiction books, but this one by far has reminded me of my love and passion for the history of things, forensics, and chemistry. A must read.

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