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Bestselling author, Michael Capuzzo will open ISHI 28 with a keynote describing the inner workings of the Vidocq Society, a team of the world’s foremost forensic investigators, where the toughest cases are solved.

Three of the greatest detectives in the world—a renowned FBI agent turned private eye, a sculptor and lothario who speaks to the dead, and an eccentric profiler known as “the living Sherlock Holmes”—were heartsick over the growing tide of unsolved murders of innocents. Good friends and sometime rivals William Fleisher, Frank Bender, and Richard Walter decided that something had to be done, and they pledged themselves to a grand quest for justice. Named for the first modern detective, the Parisian Eugène François Vidocq—the flamboyant Napoleonic real life sleuth who inspired Sherlock Holmes—the Vidocq Society meets monthly in its secretive chambers to solve a cold murder over a gourmet lunch.

The Murder Room draws the listener into a chilling, darkly humorous, awe-inspiring world as the three partners travel far from their Victorian dining room to hunt the ruthless murders of a millionaire’s son, a serial killer who carves off faces, and a child killer enjoying fifty years of freedom and dark fantasy.