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 The Poisoner’s Handbook

The Poisoner's Handbook is the widely praised, riveting story of two unsung heroes of Jazz-Age New York, a pair of scientists fighting both to catch killers and create the science of forensic detection. A national best-seller, named by Amazon as one of the top 100 books of 2010, the book has been optioned by PBS and translated into numerous other languages.

As the Penguin Press catalogue says: "Deborah Blum, writing with the high style and skill for suspense that is characteristic of the very best mystery fiction, shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. In The Poisoner’s Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime."


 Ghost Hunters

From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. In a compelling tale with resonance for today, Blum evokes a surprising sympathy for her band of tough-minded intellectuals—among them philosophers, psychologists, even two future Nobelists—who, around the turn of the 20th century, pursued the paranormal in an attempt to bridge the gap between faith and science at a time when religion was besieged by the theory of evolution and a new scientific outlook. Blum, who was nominated for an L.A. Times Book Award for Love at Goon Park, tells it straight, never overdramatizing the strange events. She achieves deep poignancy at moments that in less gifted hands could have seemed most laughable. The result is a moving portrait of a fascinating group of people and a first-rate slice of cultural history.


 Love at Goon Park

From the American Journal of Psychiatry: “Love at Goon Park is a marvelous and easy-to-read history of the development of what Deborah Blum terms the “science of affection”—a great phrase. She interweaves the biography of Harry Harlow with the development of the science of affection, combining historical scholarship with interviews of people who were involved in his life. The result is outstanding.”


 Sex on the Brain

From Elle: A riveting investigation into the biological differences between men and women…Blum’s incisive exploration cannot fail to amaze, confound and delight readers:


 The Monkey Wars

From the Los Angeles Times: A candid look at the issues from both sides. No comparable book on this topic exists.


 A Field Guide for Science Writers

From Library Journal: This is not a "field guide" in the sense of a reference or guidebook but a report from the field by more than 30 expert science writers from all disciplines. Each writes about his or her own area of expertise, often including a road map that shows how he or she ended up in a series of particularly interesting places, e.g., the New York Times, Science, and the President's Office of Technology. This well-written collection is full of interesting insights into professional science writing and serves as a valuable resource for current and would-be science writers.


 Angel Killer

Don’t miss Deborah’s #1 Amazon Kindle best-selling single, Angel Killer, a true story of a cannibal killer who stalked New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. Published by The Atavist, this is a tale of a killer who knew how to stay invisible, a detective who wouldn’t give up, and a trial that shocked the country.

As the Wisconsin State Journal put it: “She steps into the mind of a madman and raises more than a few disturbing ethical questions, along with the fine hairs on the reader’s neck.” Read more
Find it here at The Atavist website.


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