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The Monster of Florence

A book released June 10, 2008 by Douglas Preston

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So Who is the Serial Killer of this True Crime Story?

  • Dec 18, 2009
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Preston puts his investigative reporter hat and presents a totally different genre of work as he delves into the story of serial killings in Florence Italy. The book is based on extensive interviews with Mario Spezi, the reporter that covered the serial killings for about 30 years. What makes it interesting is that the case was never actually solved and various individuals were arrested and some even convicted, then let go. In fact Spezi himself was arrested during the time.

People well versed in crime stories will cringe at the bungling that happens at the crime scenes and possible evidence is lost. It is amazing that this story went on for many years and there was virtually no coverage of it in the US.

Preston does an excellent job of weaving the tale almost like a novel and keeping the reader engaged throughout. He also gives and nice portrait as to the culture of Florence and how it differs from the rest of Italy.

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When author Douglas Preston moved his family to Florence he never expected he would soon become obsessed and entwined in a horrific crime story whose true-life details rivaled the plots of his own bestselling thrillers. While researching his next book, Preston met Mario Spezi, an Italian journalist who told him about the Monster of Florence, Italy's answer to Jack the Ripper, a terror who stalked lovers' lanes in the Italian countryside. The killer would strike at the most intimate time, leaving mutilated corpses in his bloody wake over a period from 1968 to 1985. One of these crimes had taken place in an olive grove on the property of Preston's new home. That was enough for him to join "Monsterologist" Spezi on a quest to name the killer, or killers, and bring closure to these unsolved crimes. Local theories and accusations flourished: the killer was a cuckolded husband; a local aristocrat; a physician or butcher, someone well-versed with knives; a satanic cult. Thomas Harris even dipped into "Monster" lore for some of Hannibal Lecter's more Grand Guignol moments in Hannibal. Add to this a paranoid police force more concerned with saving face and naming a suspect (any suspect) than with assessing the often conflicting evidence on hand, and an unbelievable twist that finds both authors charged with obstructing justice, with Spezi jailed on suspicion of being the Monster himself. The Monster of Florence is split into two sections: the first half is Spezi's...
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ISBN-10: 0446581194
ISBN-13: 978-0446581196
Author: Douglas Preston
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Published: June 10, 2008
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