If you are expecting this to be an Ann Rule-style book that simply details a bunch of cases, you will be disappointed. However, if you're looking for crime-fighting combined with an excellent, multi-year character study of three very different men who come together to solve murders, then this is your story.
The Murder Room
details the forming of the Vidocq Society, a group that brings together
the best minds from a variety of crime-fighting disciplines (medical
examiners, forensic artists, dentists, and anthropologists, police
detectives, customs agents, profilers, psychologists, district
attorneys, and others) to network and to put their considerable
brain-power toward solving cold cases. The three dynamic men behind this
endeavor were William Fleisher (former FBI agent and mensch), Frank
Bender (eccentric and flamboyant forensic artist), and Richard Walter
(equally eccentric and slightly grim profiler)and this book is just as
much a tale of their ongoing friendship than it is stories of solved
The book does tend to skip around a bit chronologically,
and can occasionally be difficult to follow. There are also some story
threads that simply disappear, and are left without any conclusion.
However, these men are all fascinating in their own ways, and their
interactions with each other are nearly as intriguing as the cases they
I'd definitely recommend this to any true crime lovers who are also interested in well-written character studies.