cyanide and literature

Hellernet hellernet at aol.com
Mon Feb 3 00:14:59 EST 1997

I am writing a book in which there is a homicide.  After countless hours
on the net, researching among such groups as the Hemlock Society and their
progeny, I have decided that cyanide was the method of choice.  I have a
question, however, concerning its chemical breakdown.  If my protagonist
were to put a cyanide tablet or a small amount of cyanide in liquid form
into a cup of soup (hot) would the fumes from the interaction overcome him
before he is able to murder his victim?  I appreciate any insights you
might offer.

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