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The skeleton crew : how amateur sleuths are ... Read More

Halber, Deborah(Author).

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Covington Branch 363.25 H157s 2014 (Text) 33126019608060 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 1451657595 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9781451657593 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9781451657609 (ebk.)
  • ISBN: 1451657587 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 9781451657586 (hbk.)
  • Physical Description: 285 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.

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Prologue: The well driller -- The ultimate ... Read More
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In America today, upwards of forty thousand people ... Read More
Subject: Criminal investigation United States Citizen participation
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) United States

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2014 August #1

    Journalist Halber introduces readers to the unusual world of web sleuthing: in this case, crowdsourcing the task of comparing the thousands of reports of missing persons to those of unidentified remains in the hopes of finding a match and bringing closure to families searching for lost loved ones. The author paints a colorful picture of armchair investigators pursuing their first "solves" amid the conflicting motivations of their peers and of various law enforcement agencies—the infighting of the online missing-persons communities is effectively juxtaposed with the red tape and politics of real-world departments and policymakers. Perhaps unintentionally, Halber's decision to intermingle various cases and sprinkle the result with a large cast of characters evokes what one imagines is the same feeling a web sleuth gets hopping from one missing-persons report to another, looking for connections. The occasional bizarre similes don't overly detract from an intriguing invitation to help mitigate a "silent mass disaster" that few are even aware has happened. VERDICT Puzzle fans, true crime aficionados, and heavy users of Internet forums will appreciate Halber's shout-out to aspiring consulting detectives.—Ricardo Laskaris, York Univ. Lib., Toronto

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