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Amerithrax : the hunt for the anthrax killer
Graysmith, Robert.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
x, 454 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Who was the anthrax killer? Six days after the 9/11 attacks, a new terror began to spread... September 17, 2001: A Florida tabloid receives a love letter addressed to Jennifer Lopez. The paper's photo editor opens it--and, unknowingly, inhales thousands of toxic spores. By 10/5 he's dead. October 12, 2001: NBC anchor Tom Brokaw's assistant tests positive for cutaneous anthrax, a result of exposure to a powder in an envelope she inhaled three weeks before. In the days that followed, 28 more people tested positive for anthrax, plunging an entire country into the frontlines of an insidious bioterror. The anthrax war had begun. This is the most comprehensive work to date about the plague of terror that arose in the wake of 9/11--and the relentless scientific manhunt to answer the question of who the anthrax killer was.

Author Notes

Robert Graysmith's career as an editorial cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle led to his access to and interest in the details of the Zodiac murders in the San Francisco area during the late 1960s and 70s. His extremely popular book Zodiac (1986) was reprinted 13 times and translated into French. This exhaustive study of the unsolved crimes received refreshed popularity in 1990, when the New York police blamed it for the copycat killings that were occurring at that time in New York, accusing it of being "a textbook."

Other nonfiction works about criminal investigations by Graysmith include: The Murder of Bob Crane (1992), about the death of the star of Hogan's Heroes; and Unibomber: A Desire to Kill (1997).

(Bowker Author Biography)