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The Poisoner’s Handbook

Paperback $17.00

Jan 25, 2011 | 336 Pages

Hardcover $25.95

Feb 18, 2010 | 336 Pages

Ebook $12.99

Jan 25, 2011 | 336 Pages

  • Paperback $17.00

    Jan 25, 2011 | 336 Pages

  • Hardcover $25.95

    Feb 18, 2010 | 336 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    Jan 25, 2011 | 336 Pages

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

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

“Deborah Blum has not lost the skills of good storytelling she honed as a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist.” —Chicago Sun-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

Fans of those TV forensic shows or of novels by Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs or Jefferson Bass will find plenty to satisfy their appetites here.” —The Washington Post

“Blum’s combination of chemistry and crime fiction creates a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie.”—The New York Observer

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 startling as 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 Technologists and The Dante Club

“With the pacing and rich characterization of a first-rate suspense novelist, Blum makes science accessible and fascinating.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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