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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Skeleton Crew Review


Solving cold cases from the comfort of your living room…

The Skeleton Crew provides an entree into the gritty and tumultuous world of Sherlock Holmes–wannabes who race to beat out law enforcement—and one another—at matching missing persons with unidentified remains.

In America today, upwards of forty thousand people are dead and unaccounted for. These murder, suicide, and accident victims, separated from their names, are being adopted by the bizarre online world of amateur sleuths.

It’s DIY CSI.

The web sleuths pore over facial reconstructions (a sort of Facebook for the dead) and other online clues as they vie to solve cold cases and tally up personal scorecards of dead bodies. The Skeleton Crew delves into the macabre underside of the Internet, the fleeting nature of identity, and how even the most ordinary citizen with a laptop and a knack for puzzles can reinvent herself as a web sleuth.

I received a hardback copy of  The Skeleton Crew at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


My Review

I am a huge true crime fan. I watch Discovery ID and Tru TV  for the crime shows all the time. More than watching these shows though, I love to read the books about solved and unsolved crimes. I like to read how to event happened, and the beginning to end steps involved in finding the culprit. This book takes a slightly different slant, because these are stories about volunteers, and amateurs who have broken these cold cases. These stories are told in an easy to understand way, there is not a lot of the heavy police and law procedural language, that can sometimes make books like this hard to read. The amateur sleuths give greatly of their time and energy to find answers where there might otherwise have been none.  This was not a "light" read, but it was an easy and fascinating read for someone like me who really enjoys these true crime stories. 

About the Author


DEBORAH HALBER is a Boston-based journalist whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Inked, Technology Review, Symbolia and other publications. She received her BA from Brandeis University and an MA in journalism from New York University. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Mystery Writers of America, and the National Association of Science Writers, she has chronicled breakthroughs in neuroscience, molecular biology, energy, and technology at MIT and Tufts. For more information, please visit 

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