This book has the advantages of both a great characters and fascinating mysteries. This book's characters' drive the plot and the murders they solve are written as vignettes. Cyclical in his story telling, Michael Capuzzo captures how life can tangle within others lives. If you enjoy mysteries, like Agatha Christie, you will love this book. If you are a fan of James Patterson, this might be a fun brake, but it is not suspenseful (it is character driven not plot driven).
The end of the book, but I'm not giving it away.
Adam Grupper has done a great job representing the three main protagonist.
The heirs of Sherlock Holmes.
The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo is demonstrative of the unfortunate trend in mystery writing in which a few somewhat shocking events replace the experience of intrigue. The word "somewhat" can be consistently applied to this literary effort. The characters are somewhat developed. The story is somewhat developed. The reader remains in a permanent state of waiting to engage in something substantial and memorable. At no time did this reader feel an emotional or even an intellectual connection with any of the characters. The work is mechanical and does encorage personal investment by the reader. -Dan Boos
The premise of story demonstrated great potential.
Added intrigue! Further developed the characters. Engaged the reader.
The story does not draw-in the reader. At no time did I feel that I was experiencing anything beyond a exercise in reading.
I liked the characters
The reconstruction artist
I didn't appreciate the fact that many of the cases brought before the committee were not solved or not explained as being solved
Disjointed storytelling with weirdly flowery prose, I actually began to suspect this was mislabeled as non-fiction. Terrible writing, wacky chronology, this has nothing going for it.
Maybe I read the book's description wrong the moment before I bought this, but (from what I understood) this was meant to be an inside look on how top professionals in the crime-solving industry approach their craft to answer tough quesitons/crimes. What comes off instead is a continual (a quickly irritating) reiteration of 'how awesome' these people are, with no in-depth look at how these individuals come to the conclusion they make or why. If a chapter isn't going into how gruesome a crime is, it's basically over-inflating its protagonists (aka the VD society) to be these larger-then-life individuals, and then spends the remaining few minutes to say that the crime is suddenly solved. I didn't know there were so many ways to reiterate how supposedly, awesome, a certain person could be but Capuzzo takes it to a whole new level. In short, if you're looking for an insightful, objectie look into how modern-day crime-solvers are able to handle their craft, this IS NOT that novel. If you're looking for something that borders (perphaps even crosses into) just plain criminal fiction that is hyped up, then give this book a read, but for myself it was a pretty big disappointment almost from the gecko.
If you like true crime, this is one book you'll want to listen to! Narration is amazing and the stories are really intriguing.
Perhaps to a novice, this book might be a little interesting in bits and pieces. Being a real homicide investigator, all i can say is that 99 percent was so hokey I had to laugh. The contrived bravado street talk, the convoluted and flimsy storyline (if there was one) was a bit too much. You can tell it’s written to be a gritty cop book by a person that don’t know dink of what their talking about. This book took several publically known cases in where some character in the book had some slight or peripheral involvement and then they spun a big story around it. I mean, come on, some civilian taking the heads of homicide victims home, to boil in a chicken pot in order to do face reconstruction? In summary, it’s a bunch of old investigators and wanna be's that took the one big case they barely had their finger in and spun it like they were real live Serpico’s and Dirty Harry’s. They convinced themselves so well they started a little lunch club with it. I’ve bought over 99 books here. Love them all, except this one.
I purchased this book because I was looking for content about criminal profiling. The title, "Murder Room," threw me off because it made me wonder if the content was mostly fluff, or a serious and empirical focus on criminal profiling.
Well, I am happy to report that the "Murder Room" is a superior choice for those interested in learning about criminal profiling!!! MR is a serious and historical and biographical look at our best criminal profilers and the art of criminal profiling.
Before MR, I knew little about Vidoq; nothing about the Vidoq Society or their role in solving cold cases. (Actually, I thought Allan Pinkerton was the "father" of modern criminal investigation.)
MR shows how the convergence of psychology, art, unconventional thinking, collaboration, TV, persistence, creativity and altruism led to the solving of "unsolvable" cold cases.
My only regret is that I wish it were longer! : ))
I was really disappointed with this purchase. The story was less than intriguing and the language was deplorable. There was an hour of blank space during part of the first file and I had to stop listening. It wasn't worth finishing anyway. I'd rather have a refund.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
I fell in love with the characters, who would seem over the top in a work of fiction.