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NOA Meeting "The Poisoner's Handbook"

This month's book is "The Poisoner's Handbook" by Deborah Blum

Description:

Equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is "a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie" (The New York Observer)

A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice.

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  • Kristy

    For those who came, I mentioned PBS dvd that was out. It was decent, out of order from the book. However, it cut out much of the extra stuff that people didn't like that much. Much more about Gettler than Norris.

    June 8, 2014

  • Karen S.

    I had a great time, and I'm looking forward to next month. I already have the next two books. I have the house to myself so I'm starting tonight!!

    1 · June 5, 2014

  • Kristy

    Enjoyed the book conversation. The topic allowed for a lot of conversation.

    1 · June 5, 2014

  • Andy M.

    Hey, all. If anyone is interested in NOS4A2, the book that didn't quite get selected, it's currently $1.99 for the Kindle edition.

    1 · June 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up at work and I won't be able to make it tomorrow night.

    June 3, 2014

    • Heather

      Hope to see you next month

      June 3, 2014

  • Karen S.

    Darn! I thought I had signed up!! Oh well, it's a great book. Maybe next time.

    May 29, 2014

    • Karen S.

      I thought I was signed up but I received an email that said I wouldn't be able to attend because it was full. Sorry, I've been a member of Meetup for a while but only just started using it! But I'm looking forward to the 4th..thank you!!

      May 30, 2014

    • Kristy

      No worries. It was full so I added spots. So everyone can come

      May 30, 2014

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