The Poisoner’s Handbook:
Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, Penguin Press, February 18, 2010
Drama unfolds case by case as the heroes of The Poisoner’s Handbook
– chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler – investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, Barnum and Bailey’s Famous Blue Man, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others.
Read more raves for the Poisoner’s Handbook:
The Dallas Morning News:
In this bubbling beaker of a book, she mixes up a heady potion of
forensic toxicology, history and true crime. Her account of the ongoing
battle between scientists and killers in Jazz Age New York is more
startling than any CSI: NY script.
“The pacing and rich characterization of a first-rate suspense novelist.”
“Caviar for true crime fans and science buffs alike.”
“As hard to walk away from as a CSI marathon”
“Reads like science fiction, complete with suspense, mystery and foolhardy guys in lab coats tipping test tubes of mysterious chemicals into their own mouths.”
“a fascinating rogue’s dispensary of poisons"
“Will put CSI and Law and Order Writers to shame”
The Barnes and Noble Review:
“Extraordinary literary alchemy”
Caviar for true-crime fans and science buffs alike.