New Book Released Today!

Proud to release some of the comments about “The Sixteenth Rail” that can now be bought at your local bookstore, borrowed at your local library or purchased on line.

“People lie, but wood doesn’t. As journalist Schrager (The Principled Politician: The Story of Ralph Carr) tells it, Arthur Koehler, a pioneer in forensic science, was often called into court as an expert witness. The most well-known case in which Koehler testified, though, was the kidnapping of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s son. When he saw the pictures of the wooden ladder used by the kidnappers, Koehler knew he could make that wood talk. After nearly two years on the case, he was able to provide damning evidence by explaining the origin of the wood, the way it was used, and a piece of wood found in Bruno Hauptmann’s attic that perfectly aligned with a piece missing from the ladder. Hauptmann was found guilty, and Koehler was considered a new Sherlock Holmes. VERDICT The hero worship so often reserved for Lindbergh in books about his child’s kidnapping is here placed onto Arthur Koehler, a key but little-known player in this drama. Framing the story around the kidnapping case, Schrager has written a much-needed biography about Koehler and his important work in the early days of forensic science. Dynamic and compelling, Schrager’s book is a perfect read for anyone interested in the history of criminal justice.”—Kathleen Quinlan, Library Journal

“A fascinating and objective look at the forensic evidence that led to the conviction of the Lindbergh baby kidnapper.  For anyone who wants to rely on simplistic assessments of that frenzied case, this highly readable book will be enlightening.” — Scott Turow, Author

“In a World where CSI solves crimes by the dozen every night, here is a true tale of a real, mild-mannered guy and his amazing knowledge of all things wood.” —Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

“This exceptionally well written book is a must for anyone interested in the Lindbergh Kidnapping and the history of forensic science.” —Paul Dowling, Creator and Executive Producer of Forensic Files

“Adam Schrager weaves a compelling tale of forensic science, criminal law, and American history. This incredible true story reads like a novel.” —Anthony Barkow, former Federal prosecutor

“Arthur Koehler is now on my list of American heroes.” —Colonel Mark Trostel, former head of Colorado State Patrol

“Mr. Schrager has crafted a suspenseful and personal portrait–true to the man I knew–of the forensic scientist whose exceptional response to the Lindbergh kidnapping galvanized the world.” —Nikki Koehler Guza, Arthur Koehler’s granddaughter