By Kathryn Harkup

Agatha Christie's distinct plotting is what makes her books so compelling. Christie used poison to kill her characters extra frequently than the other homicide approach, with the poison itself being a primary a part of the radical, and her selection of lethal ingredients was once faraway from random; the chemical and physiological features of every poison supply important clues to discovery of the assassin. With gunshots or stabbings the reason for loss of life is clear, yet now not so with poisons. How is it that a few compounds turn out so lethal, and in such tiny amounts?

Christie tested her broad chemical wisdom (much of it gleaned from her operating in a chemists in the course of either global wars) in lots of of her novels, yet this is often not often preferred via the reader. A is for Arsenic celebrates using technological know-how in Christie's paintings. Written by means of Christie fan and study chemist Kathryn Harkup, each one bankruptcy takes a unique novel and investigates the poison (or poisons) the assassin used. A is for Arsenic seems at why yes chemical compounds kill, how they have interaction with the physique, and the feasibility of acquiring, administering and detecting those poisons, either on the time the unconventional was once written and this present day. This booklet is released as a part of the a hundred and twenty fifth anniversary party of Christie's birth.
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The Hizb‐e‐Islami Gulbuddin, whose stronghold spans the eastern provinces of Kunar and Nuristan, has long maintained a strict control over funds collected by its commanders at the ground level, demanding since the days of the Soviet resistance that a portion of money earned at the village level filters up the command chain to the organization’s leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister. 110 In 2009, HIG commanders pushed north into the provinces of Kunduz and Baghlan, where locals said they immediately set to collecting extortion payments from local residents and taxing trucks heading for the northern border with Tajikistan.

102 103 37 Kidnapping The HQN collaborates with the Pakistani Taliban and local criminal gangs to operate an elaborate cross‐border kidnapping network in southeast Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan that has snared many local businessmen, their relatives and government officials.  In a six‐part series published in the New York Times following Rohde’s escape from captivity with his translator Tahir Luddin, he described being held in relative comfort and given bottled water and English‐language newspapers.

105 Pillaging Coalition convoys is another major source of income for the HQN, according to commanders and government officials in the southeast. ”107 Ibid. Personal interview by research assistant, Kabul, July 2009. htm. 105 Personal interview by research assistant, Khost, July 2009. 106 Personal interview by research assistant, Ghazni, July 2009. 107 Ibid. 102 103 37 Kidnapping The HQN collaborates with the Pakistani Taliban and local criminal gangs to operate an elaborate cross‐border kidnapping network in southeast Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan that has snared many local businessmen, their relatives and government officials.

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