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 40 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. The web sleuths pore over facial reconstructions 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.
"A lively study that's part whodunit, part sociological study.... The result is eminently entertaining and will be devoured by armchair detectives." (Publishers Weekly)
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Good ideas that don't quite flow
Story was all over the place at the start