Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Poisoner's Handbook

My fellow librarian and friend Mallory and I have been passing each other this book the last week and I wanted to let you on it. Not only is it a fascinating book; it's one that can be read in bits and pieces (think lunch break) and doesn't lose its flavor. It's about the birth of forensic pathology in New York at the turn of the century and if that doesn't catch your interest immediately, then open it up and read some of the gruesome tales involved. The book focuses on suspicious deaths involving poisons and gases and each dangerous substance receives its own chapter in which the author analyzes particular cases involved with those poisons. It's really fascinating to learn about early medicine--(how far we've come!), but it's even MORE interesting to learn about early murders and how investigators a century or more ago came to conclusions regarding death (murder, suicide, accident?).......
If you're looking for a book that can be read fast, this is it. Not only do your learn a lot but you might have to leave the light on in your dark, dark home for a few days. Yes, it's that spooky at parts. Read and Enjoy!

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