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Douglas Starr

Author of The Killer of Little Shepherds

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Douglas Starr is a veteran science, environment and medical writer. His most recent book, The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science (Knopf, 2010), tells the story of the 19th century pioneers of forensic science and the notorious serial killer they caught and convicted with their new scientific techniques. Winner of the Gold Dagger award in the U.K. and a finalist for the Edgar Allen Poe award in the U.S., the book was named to the “Editor’s Choice” list the New York Times Book Review and the True Crime bestseller lists of the Wall Street Journal and Library Journal. Starr’s previous book, BLOOD: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce (Knopf, 1998), tells the four-century saga of how human blood became a commodity. The book was published in seven languages, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (science and technology category) and was named to the “Best Books of the Year” lists of Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal. A PBS series based on the book, Red Gold, aired on more than 300 PBS stations in the U.S. and internationally. Prof. Starr’s writings about science, medicine, public health and the environment have appeared in a many venues, including The New Republic, Discover, Science, Smithsonian, Public Television, National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine.

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