HowDunit - The Book of Poisons by Serita Stevens

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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.


About Serita Stevens

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Serita Stevens has published a wide variety of previous books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons has been a consistent bestselling work for many years. She lives in North Hollywood with her young daughter, Alexandra, whom she adopted as an infant from a Romanian orphanage.
Published December 26, 2006 by Writer's Digest Books. 369 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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