The Murder Room

The Murder Room

The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases

Book - 2010
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Thrilling, true tales from the Vidocq Society, a team of the world's finest forensic investigators whose monthly gourmet lunches lead to justice in ice-cold murders

Three of the greatest detectives in the world--a renowned FBI agent turned private eye, a sculptor and lothario who speaks to the dead, and an eccentric profiler known as "the living Sherlock Holmes"-were heartsick over the growing tide of unsolved murders. Good friends and sometime rivals William Fleisher, Frank Bender, and Richard Walter decided one day over lunch that something had to be done, and pledged themselves to a grand quest for justice. The three men invited the greatest collection of forensic investigators ever assembled, drawn from five continents, to the Downtown Club in Philadelphia to begin an audacious quest: to bring the coldest killers in the world to an accounting. Named for the first modern detective, the Parisian eugène François Vidocq-the flamboyant Napoleonic real-life sleuth who inspired Sherlock Holmes-the Vidocq Society meets monthly in its secretive chambers to solve a cold murder over a gourmet lunch.

The Murder Room draws the reader into a chilling, darkly humorous, awe-inspiring world as the three partners travel far from their Victorian dining room to hunt the ruthless killers of a millionaire's son, a serial killer who carves off faces, and a child killer enjoying fifty years of freedom and dark fantasy.

Acclaimed bestselling author Michael Capuzzo's brilliant storytelling brings true crime to life more realistically and vividly than it has ever been portrayed before. It is a world of dazzlingly bright forensic science; true evil as old as the Bible and dark as the pages of Dostoevsky; and a group of flawed, passionate men and women, inspired by their own wounded hearts to make a stand for truth, goodness, and justice in a world gone mad.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781592401420
Branch Call Number: HV6529 .C37 2010
363.2595 C255m
Characteristics: xvi, 439 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

Each month in Philadelphia, the Vidocq Society -- an elite group of gifted investigators from several countries -- comes together to solve cases brought to them by stumped detectives. The Society consists of coroners, profilers, forensic experts, detectives, and others; the cases are uniformly cold. Formed more than 20 years ago, the Society has consulted on more than 300 cases -- and solved an impressive 90% of them. This intimate look into their efforts focuses on three aspects in particular -- the challenging cases, the organisation itself, and its three founders. True-crime fans won't be able to get enough of this "terrifying, engrossing, inspirational and surprisingly funny" (Kirkus Reviews) book. Popular Culture January 2015 newsletter.

Oct 24, 2011

An excellent review of an odd couple, Frank Bender - part Cassanova, part psychic and Richard Walter 100% cold analytical forensic psychiatrist. Together they solved some of North America's toughest cold cases. This book is of interest to any serious investigation into criminal profiling and exploration of evil motive.

May 25, 2011

This book is certainly interesting, and feeds into my penchant for murder mysteries; however, by the end I had lost the author and his subjects in their quests to get the bad guys. They dump on the legal protections offered to American citizens so much that it becomes a little disheartening. Those protections are there to protect the innocent, and they seem to forget that.

Apr 06, 2011

More biography than puzzle, I got bored.


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