{books pdf} The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold CasesAuthor Michael Capuzzo – Gsagency.co

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 Eug Ne Fran Ois 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 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


10 thoughts on “The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases

  1. says:

    Oh, Terry Gross How could you How could you make this sound like an incredibly fascinating read How could you allow me to feel such excitement when I got the notice from my library to come pick it up How A thundering disappointment A badly structured, vulgar, poorly written, unsympathetic, sycophantic mess.And I read every word But at least you know the review below is based on fact Here are my major issues with this book 1 False advertising Is this about the Society No, not really It s about the three founders, with an emphasis on the living Sherlock Holmes and the sex obsessed semi psychic forensic artist.2 Atrocious writing The purplest prose I have ever read, with repetitive descriptions, trashy language, unlikely recreations of dialogue, and bad editing which failed to catch some inconsistencies and inaccuracies.3 Monstrous plotting This book is all over the place It s fine to move between stories, even between time periods, but there was no flow from chapter to chapter Half the time I couldn t tell from the first few sentences of each chapter what case or topic was going to be discussed, even if it was a continuation of a plotline from earlier in the book.4 Strangely fawning style This writer loves his characters He s their biggest fan As a reader, I wanted to be interested, to like them, but his affection for them was too much tell, not enough show I couldn t identify with him or with them.5 Lack of feeling See number four, in part But also, the cases that should have had huge emotional weight simply didn t.6 Insufficient closure I think it was intentional that one of the major plots remained unresolved at the end, but after flogging it endlessly throughout the book, it felt like a cheat.The most frustrating thing about this book is that it s unlikely anyone will ever publish another, better book about the Vidocq Society In capable hands, such a story would be well worth reading.


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It s about a team of forensic investigators, called the Vidocq Society, whose monthly meetings seek to bring justice to cold case murders Leading this group are 3 dynamic men forensic sculptor, Frank Bender FBI and U.S Customs agent, William Fleisher and forensic psychologist profiler, Richard Walter The 82 members of the Vidocq Society are chosen from the best minds worldwide.I found each of the founding members to be VERY interesting individuals You get a chance to learn a bit about them, on a personal level, and how they got involved in creating the Vidocq Society Frank Bender is especially intriguing.I know a lot of the other reviewers are complaining about purple prose, lack of editing, etc but I d wade through all that, just to read about these men, and their drive to solve cases I didn t find any of the above mentioned faults to be a distraction I was too immersed in the topic.4 Stars It touched my heart, and or gave me much food for thought.


  3. says:

    I was very excited about The Murder Room before I began reading it It purports to be nonfiction, describing the efforts of the Vidocq Society to solve interesting cold cases crimes which the officials have given up on The Vidocq Society, founded in 1990, is not a club for amateur detectives its members are required to have well regarded professional experience in criminal investigation.I had just read Connie Fletcher s Every Contact Leaves a Trace, which collects real crime scene experts descriptions of their work This fascinated me, especially in contrast to the fictional detective stories I ve read in which one clever amateur solves the case with a brilliant insight In reality, it seems, most mystery solving is done through strict procedure, in which all details of a crime pass under the observation of maybe dozens of people I hoped that unsolved cases re investigated in the 1990s and 2000s by a large group of experts would combine the realism of CSI procedure with the exciting deductions of fictional detectives I expected that The Murder Room would be a paean to group effort, to the value of new science, new methods of documentation and analysis, and the combined knowledge of specialists working for a common purpose.I thought that, surely, an author who chose to write about this subject would be a person who aspires to mental organization, clarity, and accuracy.No.Of course, a person who writes about this subject could instead value sensationalism, cliffhangers, atmosphere This person might believe that the best way to interest an audience in the work of a group is to select three members of it to be the Protagonists whose dominant and unusual read hackneyed characters drive all the action This person might be so attracted by the idea of mythical archetypes being built into the human psyche that he forces allusions to King Arthur into his narrative This person might be so addicted to adjectives, adverbs, and epithets as a way to impress sophistication and dramatic urgency on the reader that he chooses not to refrain from describing things as sartorial and penultimate even when it is perfectly clear that he has no idea what those words mean This person might find that blondeness is a trait that enhances a murder victim s pathos, and that gazing appreciatively at a waitress s legs is a behavior that raises a protagonist in the reader s esteem.This person, it seems, is Michael Capuzzo.I am not in his target audience.


  4. says:

    3.0 Very interesting subject, could use a little editing and reorganizingI heard about this book on the radio probably Fresh Air, safe bet and was immediately intrigued The best of the world of investigation and forensics coming together to solve the toughest or just covered up murders around.The book mostly lives up to this so was enjoyable, but has some flaws that could ve been improved with editorial input First, there are many instances of quotations recycled a couple of times throughout the book I had many feelings of deja vu as I encountered the same sentiment 30 pages apart The first instance of this was a comment that Frank Bender forensic sculptor extraordinaire made about how well his wife and girlfriend get along, and that he doesn t want to upset them so he doesn t bring home any women that they don t approve of There were then many , usually quoting the speaker in one case, then paraphrase in another, but the effect is still sloppy.More significant though was the organization I didn t like the structure in fact, I was about 100 pages in and still wondering what the structure was It turns out to be a few vignettes of crime to establish the motivation for the sleuths, some biographical narrative of the three founding members, then the history of the establishment of the Vidocq Society intertwined with cold cases they work on and usually solve Soon the history of the Society wanes and cold cases dominate the narrative, but they still intertwine The cold cases come and go, leaving you hanging not in a good suspenslike way, of a wait is this a new case or an old case I m not really following way I m sure he s trying to recreate for the reader the effect of being haunted by unsolved cases something the law enforcement all say they ve experienced But it didn t enhance the reading, just meant it was difficult to juggle all of the corpses and psychopaths at once and was, again, sloppy.I was also a bit disappointed not to see any of the Vidocq Society s failures We hear about the amazing breaks in cases that seem to imply psychic powers belonging to some of the sleuths It became a little fantastic because every mystery is solved, and usually by Richard Walters forensic psychologist within a minute or so of hearing the case background It all became a lot less believable when we don t see them hit dead ends.Still quite entertaining though, so I enjoyed.


  5. says:

    Wow if I had even read one page of this thing in the bookstore before buying it, I would still have my This book is truly horrifying Examples A tear of hatred slowly trilled down his cheek Walter was unsurpassed in his understanding of the darkest regions of the heart After four courses served hot, Antoine LeHavre was ready for revenge, served ice cold and then on the next page, As strong as his feelings were, LeHavre didn t want revenge, only justice Ass kissing abounds If a detective once sang in their elementary school glee club, they have the voice of an angel If they ever glanced at a picture of a soccer ball, then they could have been in the Olympics if only they weren t too busy fake solving crimes Capuzzo 100%, unquestioningly ascribes to the Great Man Theory of history crime solving, and seems to think the idea of questioning or verifying whatever his Great Men say would be no less than a slur on their honor One of the first chapters is titled, The Man Who Got Away With Murder , and it concludes with one of the renowned detectives accusing the very person seeking justice for the crime of being the murderer twist The accused murderer walks away, and the accusing detective gloats another murder solved This is an awesome definition of solving a murder, because it means that I solve a hundred murders every year when I watch Law Order and make random guesses about the killer There is a small chance this whole thing is a parody, in which case, BRAVO The book is almost worth reading in the same way that a D horror movie can be mesmerizing but in the case of the godawful horror movie, no one is pretending to make a real contribution to an actual, horrendous crime that people want help with, and no one is profiting from someone else s authentic suffering This book makes the world a worse place to live in But really, shame on me Malcolm Gladwell already called bullshit on FBI criminal profilers three years ago 5 stars.


  6. says:

    I found this book intersting because I live in Philly so I knew about some of the cases Yet, some of the writing is all over the place, and the book loses steam It need of a coherent over arcing something It is too wide in scope and needs focus.


  7. says:

    This is the story of the founding of the Vidocq Society and some of its success in solving cold cases The Vidocq Society is named after Eug ne Fran ois Vidocq Vidocq is considered to be the father of modern criminology and of the French police department He is also regarded as the first private detective But it was Vidocq s remarkable story of redemption and his belief in the redemption of others that touched Fleisher most deeply The chief cop of Paris was a great friend of the poor and said he would never arrest a man for stealing bread to feed his family Vidocq was Hugo s model for Javert, the relentless detective in Les Mis rables, as well as for Valjean, the ex con who reforms and seeks redemption for his deeds.The Vidocq Society deals only with murder cases In The Murder Room, you can expect the telling of these cases to be rather graphic The book includes, in layman s language, the psychological makeup of some murderer types The personalities of three of the founding detectives is also revealed in detail than a few of the others whose work is also included Some GR reviews have complained of the personalities and the telling of some of the private lives of the founding detectives themselves Two of the founders, in particular, were not especially likeable Frank Bender acted upon a very active sex drive, Richard Walter was especially confrontational in his use of language In answer to a question about whether a police chief was satisfied with the Society, he replied He was as happy as a pervert with two dicks Thus, it can be expected that this book will have the reader engaging with the underside of life.Some have complained about what seems to be a haphazard organization and I admit that at first the book seemed to wander, but I came to understand it and realize any other presentation would have been chaotic The timeline is a difficult one There is the founding of the Society in 1990 , together with the background of the three founders, how they knew each other and how they worked with each other Then there are the cold cases, which obviously happened in the past The difficulty with this is that the Society encounters the cases in an entirely non linear order Cases but a few years cold might be presented before a case 20 or 30 years cold Some cases were not solved in the first presentation, though the detectives continued to work on them and make progress This progress is told to the reader in chronological order as Society members had new better ideas or evidence I rarely read true crime, but I was glad to have picked this up.


  8. says:

    I have to put in a warning here I was unable to finish this book Heck, I was unable to take it seriously enough to barely start it.The Vidocq Society is a real group of law enforcement professionals who get together informally to see if they can provide insight into cold crime cases I d heard of the society and occasionally read true crime books, so I decided to give it a try The first chapter begins The great hall was filled with the lingering aroma of pork and mallard duck sausage as black vested waiters appeared, shouldering cups of vanilla bean blancmange the image of the corpse materialized in the center of the room Okay, Mr Capuzzo, how do you know about the lingering aromas Is the ventilation in the room that poor As for the waiters shouldering cups of blancmange, how large were these cups Is it possible they were shouldering trays containing the cups Is the image in the middle of the room a Star Wars 3D image, or did they project it on a screen If it was in the middle of the room, how did the people on the other side see it We go from there to eccentric, moody geniuses, that one of the experts is a psychic and another used the polygraph to peer into the hearts of men to redeem them That s who I want working on a murder case, psychics and polygraph experts, a technology that s so good it isn t allowed to be used in most legal cases I wonder why they included these people couldn t they find a reader of chicken entrails Wouldn t the accused submit to trial by ordeal I soldiered on for a few pages, then dropped into the book at random, finally admitting defeat and giving up.In a true crime story, I expect the author to provide evidence Capuzzo gives the reader dialogue I doubt happened how many people these day use the word whilst , ascribes emotions to people, and frames it in language suited to Victorian romance than non fiction baleful glares and flashing eyes My b llsh t detector was pegging the needle With writing like this, I find Capuzzo s evidence unconvincing.The Vidocq Society may do good work, but I was unwilling to scrape away Capuzzo s frosting to look underneath 1 and a half stars.


  9. says:

    I feel creepy saying I loved this book that deals with murder Maybe a better word would be fascinated but even that sounds crude in light of the subject matter I know I m not alone in wanting to know what makes someone who can kill, tick I also have a thing for cold cases in both fiction and non fiction so when I heard about The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo, I knew it would be on my list I had read Capuzzo s Close to Shore about a series of shark attacks in 1916 on the Jersey shore Having read that I felt he had the credentials to pull this one off The subtitle of The Murder Room, The Heirs of Sherlock Homes Gather to Solve the world s Most Perplexing Cold Cases is an excellent description of the premise of this look into the sleuths of The Vidocq Society The society was the dream of three men, William Fleisher, Richard Walter, and Frank Bender, possibly the best of the world s crime solvers Named for Eug ne Fran ois Vidocq, the ground breaking nineteenth century French detective who helped police by using the psychology of the criminal to solve cold case homicides, NPR calls this a dedicated group who solve mysteries over soup Part one of The Murder Room invites you to a luncheon like no other After a 5 course meal including such gourmet food as pork and mallard duck sausage hosted in an elegant hall with glittering eighteenth century chandeliers, coffee is served to backdrop images of the battered remains of a blond young man cast aside in a restaurant alley I m hooked.Capuzzo s style here, give the reader a teaser in each chapter, leave em hanging for the outcome, and then providing closure somewhere down the road, if known, can be a bit frustrating at times But liken this to the not knowing that the families of cold case victims live each and every day, sometimes forever, and I decided Capuzzo s method was fitting, if not a dead on perfect way to format this book The Murder Room outlines many gut wrenching cases with many being solved but not all What hits home loud and clear is the dedication and drive of the men and women who make up The Vidocq Society professionals who will not rest until the case is closed, justice is done and the families know the victims have not been forgotten Fascinating reading it is


  10. says:

    I listened to this on audiobook in the car, and for the first few hours I thought I had found the Best Audiobook Ever I enjoyed the purple prose, and the characters and situations were so interesting and dramatic I thought it HAD to be fiction In fact, I kept picking up the audiobook case unsafe driving and double checking that it was, in fact, nonfiction But pretty soon, I was picking up that case to confirm that my version wasn t abridged, because the story was so frustratingly jumpy that it was hard to follow and increasingly hard to care about And by the end, I was picking up the case to see how many CDs I had to get through, because the meandering, repetitive, gruesome and choppy story had worn me down to the point where I was finishing it out of obligation Another reviewer said this felt like a rough draft, and I think that s right on Generally, I loved all the parts with one of the real life characters, Richard Walter And the narrator did a great job I would say, pick this up and read listen to the first half, and then move on That s what I should have done.