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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.

Publisher’s Weekly:
“The pacing and rich characterization of a first-rate suspense novelist.”

Kirkus:
“Caviar for true crime fans and science buffs alike.”

Newsday:
“As hard to walk away from as a CSI marathon”

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

New Scientist:
“a fascinating rogue’s dispensary of poisons"

Newsweek:
“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.