HowDunit - The Book of Poisons

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F+W Media, Jan 9, 2007 - Reference - 320 pages
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Discover Deadly Doses to Kill Off Characters

The readers of your crime and mystery stories should be trying to figure out "whodunit"—not wondering why your facts don't make sense. If you want to kill off characters with something poisonous, you need to know how a villain would gain access to such a poison, how it would be administered, and what the effects on the victim would be. Book of Poisons can help you figure out all of the details of proper poisoning.

This thorough guide catalogs the classic poisons, household poisons, poisonous animals and plants, poisons used in wars, and more. With information on toxicity, reaction time, effects and symptoms, and antidotes and treatments, you'll know exactly what your villain needs to succeed and exactly what could foil his plans. You'll also find:

  • information about how real toxicologists uncover poisoning crimes
  • a history of famous poisoners
  • advice on how you can create your own fictional poison
  • case histories that give examples of when the poisons listed were used in literature, movies, and real life
With alphabetical organization and appendices that cross-reference by symptoms, form, administration, and other methods, you'll be able to find the perfect poisons to fit your plot. Plus, a glossary of medical terms makes decoding symptoms and treatments easy for the writer with no medical background.

Book of Poisons is the comprehensive reference you need to create deaths by poison without stopping readers dead in their tracks over misguided facts.

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Review: Book of Poisons: A Guide for Writers

User Review  - Remi - Goodreads

Wonderful! While it may be somewhat difficult to understand, it is still a very good reference book. I have been writing about a character who loves to deal with poisons and this book has come in ... Read full review

Review: Book of Poisons: A Guide for Writers

User Review  - Janet Jay - Goodreads

This will be a really valuable resource-- not even just the info, but how it's arranged and ordered, is done with the writer in mind. However, I noticed a couple of inaccuracies in a topic I'm ... Read full review



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Serita Stevens is a registered nurse who works as a clinical director and as a legal nurse investigator on medical-related cases. She also helps film companies medically bullet proof their scripts, and her book, The Forensic Nurse, has been optioned for a TV show.

Anne Louise Bannon has written for magazines and newspapers across the country, including Emergency Physicians Monthly and Homeland Protection Professional.

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