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The murder room : the heirs of Sherlock Holmes gather to solve the world's most
Capuzzo, Mike.
Adult Nonfiction HV6529 .C37 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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. Based in Philadelphia, the Vidocq Society was the brainchild of three wildly different men brought together by their desire to speak for the dead: freewheeling exboxer turned forensic sculptor Frank Bender; FBI and U.S. Customs agent William Fleisher; and pre-eminent forensic psychologist and profiler Richard Walter. What began as an informal meeting of colleagues in 1990 evolved into an expansive international think tank of sorts modeled and named after France's famed criminal-turned-sleuth EugeA ne Vidocq, a model for Sherlock Holmes. The cases, Oranging from Philadelphia's long-festering "Boy in the Box" murder to the "Butcher of Cleveland," a serial killer who taunted Elliot Ness in the 1930s, Oare fascinating, but Capuzzo (Close to Shore) loses much of his narrative momentum by abruptly shifting between the founding members' individual backstories and homicides the society investigates. Yet there is no denying that the 82 "VSMs"(Vidocq Society Member) do an immeasurable service in the name of justice. (Aug. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Capuzzo investigates the Vidocq Society (named for Eugene Francois Vidocq, the first modern detective), which gathers in Philadelphia to solve ice-cold cases. He'll tour cities featured in the book. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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