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The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
The Poisoner's Handbook tells the true story of New York City's first chief medical examiner, Charles Norris, and his toxicologist, Alexander Gettler. They developed the science of forensic chemistry, and their application of to criminal cases helped convict those who thought they could get away with untraceable poisons or exonerate those falsely charged. They also crusaded against toxin in daily use, manufacturing processes, and the city's pollution, as well as arguing against Prohibition since the chemical-laden bootleg was also killing people. Deborah Blum's book has received positive reviews with BookPage saying, "The Poisoner's Handbook is that rare nonfiction book that has something for everyone, whether you are a true-crime aficionado, a political-history buff, a science geek or simply a fan of well-written narrative suspense."