Scott Decker retired from the FBI after a career investigating everything from stolen property to international terrorism. Following September 11, 2001, he transferred to counterterrorism and soon joined the growing team charged with investigating the Anthrax Attacks of October 2001. He and the new task force, Amerithrax, applied novel scientific techniques to develop the new field of Microbial Forensics.
His first narrative non-fiction book, Recounting the Anthrax Attacks: Terror, the Amerithrax Task Force and Evolution of Forensics in the FBI, won the following honors:
First Place in the 2017 Public Safety Writers Association for Non-Fiction Book (unpublished).
Winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Award for True Crime.
Long-Listed for the 2018 Journey Award for Narrative Non-Fiction & Memoir.
Winner of the 2018 Bronze Global eBook Award for Non-Fiction—Science.
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Reviews of Recounting the Anthrax Attacks:
"The book is fascinating and absolutely authentic—a behind-the-scenes account, never before told in such detail, of the FBI’s forensic detective work into the chilling anthrax bioterror attacks after 9/11. Decker, who ran the “dark biology” part of the FBI’s investigation, recounts how agents and scientists used cutting-edge tools of biology to narrow down the search for the perpetrator and finally focus in on one suspect. I don’t think the world realizes just what the FBI accomplished or how they did it, or the pitfalls and difficulties of the investigation, but Decker tells us the story from the inside."
—Richard Preston, NY Times Bestselling Author, The Hot Zone and The Demon in the Freezer.
"Scott Decker gives an unprecedented look inside one of the most important — but least understood — FBI investigations of the modern era. Every page is a real-life 'CSI' episode, a hands-on lesson of what it's like to be inside a cutting-edge, high-profile investigation and the remarkable science the FBI deployed to solve this case."
— Garrett M. Graff, author of Raven Rock and The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller's FBI
"A remarkable scientific whodunnit that peels back some of the biggest mysteries surrounding the case known as Amerithrax. From his own experiences as a lead investigator, Scott Decker paints an intimate and chilling portrait of the hunt for the elusive killer behind history’s worst bioterrorist attack."
— Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS; winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction