The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo
The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases

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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.
 

About Michael Capuzzo

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Born in Boston and educated at Northwestern University, MICHAEL CAPUZZO is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Close to Shore, a historical thriller of the true story that inspired Jaws. Winner of many writing prizes as a syndicated columnist and a staff reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Miami Herald, and for stories in magazines including Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and Life, he lives in Pennsylvania, where he and his wife publish a prize-winning storytelling magazine, Mountain Home.
 
Published August 10, 2010 by Gotham. 462 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The cadaverous, supercilious Walter, chain-smoking in ascetic contemplation in his Victorian manse, contrasts deliciously with Bender, a voluble, compulsive womanizer who balances a hedonistic approach to life with an uncanny instinct for accurately visualizing complete, detailed faces based on t...

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Despite journalist Capuzzo's obvious reverence for the crime fighters he profiles, his account of the formation of the legendary Vidocq Society is as scattered as many of the cold case files they wade through.

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Book Reporter

In fairness, the police have their hands full with new cases daily, while the VSMs (Vidocq Society Members) tackle just cold cases, and only if they are at least two years old.

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Dallas News

By STEVE WEINBERG / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Steve Weinberg is the author of eight nonfiction books, most recently Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D.

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Tampa Bay Times

Seventeen years ago, David Simon, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent a year shadowing a homicide squad to write Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

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Curious Book Fans

These three men – a former FBI agent, a forensic artist and a criminal profiler – are the founder members of the Vidocq Society, a pro bono crime-fighting society based in Philadelphia, named in honour of Eugene Vidocq, the head of the first known private detective agency.

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