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.
I was captivated from the first page. We meet the Vidocq Society: the world's leading forensic experts and detectives. Meet the living Sherlock Holmes, Richard Walter, the brilliant and eccentric forensic artist Frank Bender and William Lynn Fleisher of the US Customs learn why and how they became among the very best in the world at catching murderers. The Vidocq Society only undertakes cold cases, and murders. Author Michael Capuzzo explains "When the world breaks and needs fixing, the thing to do is find the right three men."
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I fell in love with the characters, who would seem over the top in a work of fiction.
The book could use a good editor and rewrite so there are consistant characters (people) to follow from one point to another. I can usually keep up with jumping around but they seemed to swap things within a single chapter, sometimes within, what I would assume, is a page or two.
I didn't finish it but made it through chapter 3 and it repeated several things that were in the very first chapter.
The writing-style of this book is more challenging than that of this audiobook review. There are so many adjectives, cheesy metaphors and over-characterization of the supposedly real people and events described in this book, that it might as well be a work of fiction. In other words, the writing style is sufficiently preposterous as to trivialize much of the serious stuff contained herein.
The book has some entertainment value, on par with a "true crime", Friday night cable news magazine program. And, like that genre of entertainment, it is sufficiently superficial to leave you wondering about the litany of relevant nuances and complexities omitted for some silly sake, such as unnecessarily manufacturing drama, broadening the prospective audience and/or advancing the author's own naive world view. So, this book does an entertaining job of highlighting the unrealized potential of this topic.
We bought this to listen to on a cross country driving trip. We were very disappointed. The The text was dense, the story buried in many "hand waving" paragraphs.. made us wonder if there was a story there at all.
There was a story in there? mostly I just heard many MANY descriptive paragraphs... .describing the weather, the bugs, the stars, the exact buttons on the suit a non-character was wearing.. yah.. just too thick to enjoy
I have not, but I have no complaints about the performance at all!
um..all of it?
This book was just not for me or my husband... however, it did give us much to laugh about later as we mimicked some of the denser paragraphs...
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.
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
If you like true crime, this is one book you'll want to listen to! Narration is amazing and the stories are really intriguing.