The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Deborah Blum

Narrated By: Coleen Marlo

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: March 2010

Duration: 9 hours 16 minutes

Summary:

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. Each case presents a deadly new puzzle and Norris and Gettler work with a creativity that rivals that of the most imaginative murderer, creating revolutionary experiments to tease out even the wiliest compounds from human tissue. Yet in the tricky game of toxins, even science can't always be trusted, as proven when one of Gettler's experiments erroneously sets free a suburban housewife later nicknamed "America's Lucretia Borgia" to continue her nefarious work.

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