The Monster of Florence

The Monster of Florence

Large Print - 2008
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In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) and Erik Larson (The Devil in the White City), New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence, Italy.
In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more. This is the true story of their search for--and identification of--the man they believe committed the crimes, and their chilling interview with him. And then, in a strange twist of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation. Preston has his phone tapped, is interrogated, and told to leave the country. Spezi fares worse: he is thrown into Italy's grim Capanne prison, accused of being the Monster of Florence himself. Like one of Preston's thrillers, The Monster Of Florence, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, and suicide-and at the center of it, Preston and Spezi, caught in a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., [2008]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780446505345
044650534X
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 PRE
Characteristics: 548 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Spezi, Mario 1945-2016.

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Rubicat
May 22, 2016

I tried to finish this, but I got bogged down with all the details of Italian police procedures. There were no explanations of the differing departments and arms of enforcements so I never knew who was in charge. I was also VERY frustrated with the petty behaviors by the police/army/whoever these men were. They hid info from one another. I gave up. Also, no suspense and no capture of anyone.

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betsybudney
May 05, 2014

The author brings an urgency to the ineptness and corruption of the Italian Police, while maintaining suspense about the investigation into who is the real Monster of Florence.

Incinerated_Newt Mar 11, 2011

Interesting story, but the author rambles. Someone needs to remind Preston that non-fiction does not have to be boring. It's worth picking up if you have an interest in strange serial killer cases, though.

debwalker Jan 06, 2011

Fox 2000 has acquired film rights to The Monster of Florence. George Clooney will star in an adaptation written by Chris McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander. Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing with Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen.

teacupfaerie May 25, 2010

Non-fiction book this may be, but it is a riveting read. Douglas Preston, author of the thriller series about an FBI agent, ends up accused of being a serial killer in Italy. This book talks about how he and his family are able to make their way safely back to USA. He is an excellent writer, and the story is one that needed to be told.

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