R. Scott Decker
Scott Decker, Ph.D., retired from the FBI after a career investigating everything from stolen property to international terrorism. He began as a Special Agent on the streets of Boston’s Charlestown, an insular neighborhood spawning generations of bank robbers. Following September 11, 2001, he transferred to counterterrorism; most notably applying his doctorate in genetics to help solve the country’s deadly anthrax attacks. In 2009, he was awarded the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Advancement. His first narrative non-fiction book: Recounting the Anthrax Attacks: Terror, the Amerithrax Task Force and Evolution of Forensics in the FBI, is due for publication in the spring of 2018.
Awards and Recognition
- First Place Award, 2017 Public Safety Writers Association, Non-Fiction Book (Unpublished Category)
Press and Media Mentions
- "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, author of The Hot Zone and The Demon in the Freezer.