The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases
# UK5182 Paperback, 304 pages; 2015 (2014)
A riveting nonfiction read for mystery-lovers, The Skeleton Crew provides an engrossing peek into a fascinating phenomenon. Deborah Halber artfully explores the growing subculture of regular citizens who, armed with an Internet connection and an insatiable curiosity, strive to match missing-person identities to the tens of thousands of unaccounted-for dead in the United States. Highlighting several famous cold cases solved by determined "web sleuths," Halber presents a tantalizing play-by-play of the amateur investigations, while also delving into the bizarre and highly competitive world of "men and women whose macabre hobby of trolling Internet bulletin boards and gory law enforcement websites...has propelled a remarkable shift in the number of cases that are solved." (AG)
This title is part of our 2016 Mysteries Book a Month package.