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"The Poisoner's Handbook is an inventive history that, like arsenic, mixed into blackberry pie, goes down with ease."--The New York Times Book Review
"Blum illuminates these tales of Norris and Gettler and their era with a dedication and exuberance that reflect the men themselves. Not only is The Poisoner's Handbook as thrilling as any CSI episode, but it also offers something even better: an education in how forensics really works." --The Washington Post
"Blum, a longtime newspaper writer and now a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin, skillfully explains the chemistry behind Gettler's experiments. Her book is sure to appeal to mystery lovers, science nerds and history buffs. . . ."--Associated Press
"Fast-paced and suspenseful, The Poisoner's Handbook breathes deadly life into the Roaring Twenties."--Financial Times
"All the nitty-gritty about death by arsenic, by thallium, by wood alcohol, is here in precise, gruesome detail. It makes for a stomach-turning read. . . . .Ms. Blum's combination of chemistry and crime fiction creates a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie."--New York Observer
"In this bubbling beaker of a book, [Blum] mixes up a heady potion of forensic toxicology, history and true crime. . . . The Poisoner's Handbook will get into your head. You'll find yourself questioning the chemicals in our everyday lives. What's really in our food, cosmetics, pesticides, cleaning supplies, children's toys and pet dinners? This isn't just a good read. It's a summons to study labels, research, think and act."--Dallas Morning News
"The Poisoner's Handbook succeeds as science, as history, as entertainment and as an argument for the power and purpose of popular science writing."--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"One thinks of Erik Larson's Devil in the White City . . . a book that gave splendiferously disgusting descriptions of horrible murders

"The Poisoner's Handbook is aninventive history that, like arsenic, mixed into blackberry pie, goesdown with ease."--The New York Times Book Review
"Blum illuminates these tales of Norris and Gettler and their era witha dedication and exuberance that reflect the men themselves. Not onlyis The Poisoner's Handbook asthrilling as any CSI episode, but it also offers something even better: an education in how forensics really works." --The Washington Post
"Blum, a longtime newspaper writer and now a professor of sciencejournalism at the University of Wisconsin, skillfully explains thechemistry behind Gettler's experiments. Her book is sure to appeal tomystery lovers, science nerds and history buffs. . . ."--Associated Press
"Fast-paced and suspenseful, ThePoisoner's Handbook breathes deadly life into the RoaringTwenties."--FinancialTimes
"All the nitty-gritty about death by arsenic, by thallium, by woodalcohol, is here in precise, gruesome detail. It makes for astomach-turning read. . . . .Ms. Blum's combination of chemistry andcrime fiction creates a vicious, page-turning story that reads morelike Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie."--New York Observer
"In this bubbling beaker of a book, [Blum] mixes up a heady potion offorensic toxicology, history and true crime. . . . The Poisoner's Handbook will getinto your head. You'll find yourself questioning the chemicals in oureveryday lives. What's really in our food, cosmetics, pesticides, cleaning supplies, children's toys and pet dinners? This isn't just agood read. It's a summons to study labels, research, think and act."--Dallas Morning News
"The Poisoner's Handbook succeeds as science, as history, asentertainment and as an argument for the power and purpose of popularscience writing."--MilwaukeeJournal-Sentinel
"One thinks of Erik Larson's Devil in the White City . . . a bookthat gave splendiferously disgusting descriptions of horrible murdersand did it so dexterously and intelligently that even readers whowouldn't normally read a true crime book were happily sucked in.Deborah Blum's The Poisoner'sHandbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New Yorkis that kind of book." --New Haven Advocate
"Blum has cooked up a delicious, addictive brew: murder, forensictoxicology, New York City in the 20s, the biochemistry ofpoison. I loved this book. I knocked it back in one go and now Iwant more!"--Mary Roach, author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Scienceand Sex and Stiff: The Curious Livesof Human Cadavers
 "The Poisoner's Handbook opensoneriveting murder case after another in this chronicle of Jazz Agechemical crimes where the real-life twists and turns are as startlingas anything in fiction. Deborah Blum turns us all into forensicdetectives by the end of this expertly written, dramatic page-turnerthat will transform the way you think about the power of science tothreaten and save our lives."--MatthewPearl, author of The Last Dickensand The Dante Club
"The Poisoner's Handbook is awonderfully compelling hybrid of history and science built aroundeccentric characters. One scene reads like Patricia Cornwell and thenext like Oliver Sacks. From movie stars and aristocrats to homicidalgrandmothers and entrepreneurial gangsters, from the government'spoisoning of alcohol during Prohibition to the dangers of radiation andautomobile pollution, Blum follows an amazing array of poignanttragedies through the laboratory of these crusading public servants.--Michael Sims, author of Apollo's Fire and Adam's Navel
"With the pacing and rich characterization of a first-rate suspensenovelist, Blum makes science accessible and fascinating." --PublishersWeekly, starred review
"Caviar for true-crime fans and science buffs alike." --Kirkus Reviews
"Formative figures in forensics, Norris and Gettler become fascinatingcrusaders in Blum's fine depiction of their work in the law-floutingatmosphere of Prohibition-era New York."--Booklist

The Poisoner s Handbook is aninventive history that, like arsenic, mixed into blackberry pie, goesdown with ease. The New York Times Book Review
Blum illuminates these tales of Norris and Gettler and their era witha dedication and exuberance that reflect the men themselves. Not onlyis The Poisoner's Handbook asthrilling as any CSI episode, but it also offers something even better: an education in how forensics really works. The Washington Post
Blum, a longtime newspaper writer and now a professor of sciencejournalism at the University of Wisconsin, skillfully explains thechemistry behind Gettler's experiments. Her book is sure to appeal tomystery lovers, science nerds and history buffs. . . . Associated Press
Fast-paced and suspenseful, ThePoisoner s Handbook breathes deadly life into the RoaringTwenties. FinancialTimes
All the nitty-gritty about death by arsenic, by thallium, by woodalcohol, is here in precise, gruesome detail. It makes for astomach-turning read. . . . .Ms. Blum s combination of chemistry andcrime fiction creates a vicious, page-turning story that reads morelike Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie. New York Observer
In this bubbling beaker of a book, [Blum] mixes up a heady potion offorensic toxicology, history and true crime. . . . The Poisoner's Handbook will getinto your head. You'll find yourself questioning the chemicals in oureveryday lives. What's really in our food, cosmetics, pesticides, cleaning supplies, children's toys and pet dinners? This isn't just agood read. It's a summons to study labels, research, think and act. Dallas Morning News
The Poisoner's Handbook succeeds as science, as history, asentertainment and as an argument for the power and purpose of popularscience writing. MilwaukeeJournal-Sentinel
One thinks of Erik Larson's Devil in the White City . . . a bookthat gave splendiferously disgusting descriptions of horrible murdersand did it so dexterously and intelligently that even readers whowouldn't normally read a true crime book were happily sucked in.Deborah Blum's The Poisoner'sHandbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New Yorkis that kind of book. New Haven Advocate
Blum has cooked up a delicious, addictive brew: murder, forensictoxicology, New York Cityin the 20s, the biochemistry ofpoison. I loved this book. I knocked it back in one go and now Iwant more! Mary Roach, author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Scienceand Sex and Stiff: The Curious Livesof Human Cadavers
The Poisoner's Handbook opensoneriveting murder case after another in this chronicle of Jazz Agechemical crimes where the real-life twists and turns are as startlingas anything in fiction. Deborah Blum turns us all into forensicdetectives by the end of this expertly written, dramatic page-turnerthat will transform the way you think about the power of science tothreaten and save our lives. MatthewPearl, author of The Last Dickensand The Dante Club
The Poisoner's Handbook is awonderfully compelling hybrid of history and science built aroundeccentric characters. One scene reads like Patricia Cornwell and thenext like Oliver Sacks. From movie stars and aristocrats to homicidalgrandmothers and entrepreneurial gangsters, from the government'spoisoning of alcohol during Prohibition to the dangers of radiation andautomobile pollution, Blum follows an amazing array of poignanttragedies through the laboratory of these crusading public servants. Michael Sims, author of Apollo's Fire and Adam's Navel
With the pacing and rich characterization of a first-rate suspensenovelist, Blum makes science accessible and fascinating. PublishersWeekly, starred review
Caviar for true-crime fans and science buffs alike. Kirkus Reviews
Formative figures in forensics, Norris and Gettler become fascinatingcrusaders in Blum s fine depiction of their work in the law-floutingatmosphere of Prohibition-era New York. Booklist"

The Poisoner s Handbook is an inventive history that, like arsenic, mixed into blackberry pie, goes down with ease. The New York Times Book Review
Blum illuminates these tales of Norris and Gettler and their era with a dedication and exuberance that reflect the men themselves. Not only is The Poisoner's Handbook as thrilling as any CSI episode, but it also offers something even better: an education in how forensics really works. The Washington Post
Blum, a longtime newspaper writer and now a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin, skillfully explains the chemistry behind Gettler's experiments. Her book is sure to appeal to mystery lovers, science nerds and history buffs. . . . Associated Press
Fast-paced and suspenseful, The Poisoner s Handbook breathes deadly life into the Roaring Twenties. Financial Times
All the nitty-gritty about death by arsenic, by thallium, by wood alcohol, is here in precise, gruesome detail. It makes for a stomach-turning read. . . . .Ms. Blum s combination of chemistry and crime fiction creates a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie. New York Observer
In this bubbling beaker of a book, [Blum] mixes up a heady potion offorensic toxicology, history and true crime. . . . The Poisoner's Handbook will getinto your head. You'll find yourself questioning the chemicals in our everyday lives. What's really in our food, cosmetics, pesticides, cleaning supplies, children's toys and pet dinners? This isn't just a good read. It's a summons to study labels, research, think and act. Dallas Morning News
The Poisoner's Handbook succeeds as science, as history, asentertainment and as an argument for the power and purpose of popular science writing. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
One thinks of Erik Larson's Devil in the White City . . . a book that gave splendiferously disgusting descriptions of horrible murders and did it so dexterously and intelligently that even readers who wouldn't normally read a true crime book were happily sucked in. Deborah Blum's The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York is that kind of book. New Haven Advocate
Blum has cooked up a delicious, addictive brew: murder, forensic toxicology, New York Cityin the 20s, the biochemistry ofpoison. I loved this book. I knocked it back in one go and now I want more! Mary Roach, author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
The Poisoner's Handbook opens one riveting murder case after another in this chronicle of Jazz Age chemical crimes where the real-life twists and turns are as startlingas anything in fiction. Deborah Blum turns us all into forensic detectives by the end of this expertly written, dramatic page-turner that will transform the way you think about the power of science to threaten and save our lives. Matthew Pearl, author of The Last Dickens and The Dante Club
The Poisoner's Handbook is a wonderfully compelling hybrid of history and science built around eccentric characters. One scene reads like Patricia Cornwell and the next like Oliver Sacks. From movie stars and aristocrats to homicidal grandmothers and entrepreneurial gangsters, from the government's poisoning of alcohol during Prohibition to the dangers of radiation and automobile pollution, Blum follows an amazing array of poignant tragedies through the laboratory of these crusading public servants. Michael Sims, author of Apollo's Fire and Adam's Navel
With the pacing and rich characterization of a first-rate suspensenovelist, Blum makes science accessible and fascinating. Publishers Weekly, starred review
Caviar for true-crime fans and science buffs alike. Kirkus Reviews
Formative figures in forensics, Norris and Gettler become fascinatingcrusaders in Blum s fine depiction of their work in the law-floutingatmosphere of Prohibition-era New York. Booklist"

"The Poisoner's Handbook is an inventive history that, like arsenic, mixed into blackberry pie, goes down with ease."--The New York Times Book Review
"Blum illuminates these tales of Norris and Gettler and their era with a dedication and exuberance that reflect the men themselves. Not only is The Poisoner's Handbook as thrilling as any CSI episode, but it also offers something even better: an education in how forensics really works."--The Washington Post
"Blum, a longtime newspaper writer and now a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin, skillfully explains the chemistry behind Gettler's experiments. Her book is sure to appeal to mystery lovers, science nerds and history buffs. . . ."--Associated Press
"Fast-paced and suspenseful, The Poisoner's Handbook breathes deadly life into the Roaring Twenties."--Financial Times
"All the nitty-gritty about death by arsenic, by thallium, by wood alcohol, is here in precise, gruesome detail. It makes for a stomach-turning read. . . . .Ms. Blum's combination of chemistry and crime fiction creates a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie."--New York Observer
"In this bubbling beaker of a book, [Blum] mixes up a heady potion offorensic toxicology, history and true crime. . . . The Poisoner's Handbook will getinto your head. You'll find yourself questioning the chemicals in our everyday lives. What's really in our food, cosmetics, pesticides, cleaning supplies, children's toys and pet dinners? This isn't just a good read. It's a summons to study labels, research, think and act."--Dallas Morning News
"The Poisoner's Handbook succeeds as science, as history, asentertainment and as an argument for the power and purpose of popular scien...

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Ghost Hunters chronicles the dramatic story of New York City's first forensic scientists to describe Jazz Age poisoning cases, including a family's inexplicable balding, Barnum and Bailey's Blue Man and the crumbling bones of factory workers.

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