Chapter One: The Plague YearThis is a detective story. Here was a mass murderer that was around 80 years ago and who's never been brought to justice. And what we're trying to do is find the murderer.
-- Jeffery Taubenberger, molecular pathologist
When the plague came, on those chilly days of autumn, some said it was a terrible new weapon of war. The plague germs were inserted into aspirin made by the German drug company Bayer. Take an aspirin for a headache and the germs will creep through your body. Then your fate is sealed.
No, the plague came in on a camouflaged German ship that had crept into Boston Harbor...