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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2014 Deborah Halber (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Meg on 09-08-16

Good ideas that don't quite flow

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was not very fluid and jumped around without warning. As someone from Boston, I also couldn't help but winced when the narrator said Whitey Bulger's last name incorrectly. If you like true crime it's good but you must pay close attention or risk confusion!

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3 out of 5 stars
By BookedinChico on 01-13-15

Story was all over the place at the start

It is worth the read once you get past the start. It is all over the place and then finds its pacing.

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