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The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo
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Dec 31, 2010

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bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended for: true crime buffs

This non-fiction book is really on a very interesting subject matter - the Vidocq Society (a group of forensic scientists and profilers and polygraph experts, etc that help to solve cold cases).

However, the writing in this book is not good. There are lots of places where the exact same information is repeated several times over the course of the book, and this happens frequently.

Also, the writer's sense of chronology is hard to grasp. You really bounce around in time. It would have worked better, I feel, if the author had set up the various cases one at a time and follow them to the VSM conclusion. You would get involved and interested in a case and then he would skip to a different case and not return to the first case for several more chapters. It was frustrating.

And the book did not really reach a conclusion. It just ended, no resolution, the writing just stopped. But if you can ignore these issues, the subject matter is fascinating.

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