Monster of Florence
In the tradition of John Berendt's and Erik Larson's , Douglas Preston weaves a captivating account of crime and punishment in the lush hills of Florence, Italy.
Douglas Preston fulfilled a lifelong dream when he moved with his family to a villa in Florence. Upon meeting celebrated journalist Mario Spezi, Preston was stunned to learn that the olive grove next to his home h
When I first caught wind of Douglas Preston's debacle with an Italian serial killer, The Monster of Florence, I couldn't wait to read the resulting book. How often does one of my favorite bestse...more
I know I made the synopsis sound like a thriller but this is non-fiction, the account of an Italiatian serial killer and his murders. It's a facinating journey into a reign of terror that lasted dec...more
Douglas Preston and co-author Mario Spezi undertook their own investigation into an unsolved string of serial killings -- seven couples brutally murdered in near-identical fashion in a period beginning in 1968 and stretching up to 1985. Spezi, a journalist who first caught wind of the case, is its most noted chronicler and was responsible for the appellation, "The Monster of Florence" to describe the killer.
The first half of the book reads like a stra...more
It was a fairly interesting listen, the narrator had a nice Italian accent that contributed a lot to my enjoyment of this novel. It's the horrible story of a serial killer in Florence, Italy. One whose identity remains a mystery to this day.
I learned that Italian police procedures are not reliable and they are unlike anything that we hear about in the U.S. I also learned that the Italian police and investigators do not require the same types of evidence that we...more
Sou fã de Douglas Preston, acho-o mais do que um mero entertainer de literatura thriller e aflige-me ter passado por um conjunto de situações que me deixaram simplesmente incrédula.
A serial killer, loose in the hills around Florence, preying on couples parked in lovers lanes, for a quickie. The males are killed quickly, and the women are killed and dismembered. Years may pass between one killing and the next. Authorities are bot...more
I greedily took in the details of Sardi...more
I've read a few of the Preston/Child Pendergast books and love that character. I'm appreciative of the detail he can provide to his novels from his background with the Natural History Museum of New York.
Somehow I missed Monster of Florence but I'm so glad I picked it up on audio for a recent road trip with my husband. We were both mesmerized by this...more
All kidding aside, this book was well written and full of facts (or what I assume are facts since I never followed the case). Preston did an excellent job weaving this story and it almost reads as fiction. The wildest part of the entire story is knowing the killer is still at large and depending on his or her when the killings started this killer could still be walking amongst the crown anywhere in the world.
I will confess I do not know much about It...more
The story starts by detailing the true timeline of events over the 10 year period 'the monster' was killing, this told through the eyes of Mario Spezi who was the journalist on the case. The investigation into the murders was seriously flawed, and corrupt. If that isn't all, the second half of the book details Douglas Preston & Spezi's account of their investigation, and this makes for some shocking reading, more findings of corruptio...more
A fascinating letter from Count Neri Capponi to an editor is included in the narrative and spoke plainly, including the foll...more
As falhas do sistema judicial italiano, desde os responsáveis pela investigação aos juízes que foram condenando uma lista interminável de suspeitos, são postas a cru neste livro. São inacreditáveis os erros na investigação, mas pior ainda, ver que se repetem an...more
Unfortunately, it's not a very good book, partly because it doesn't know what it wants to be - a thriller about the murders? An exploration of the Italian legal syste...more
I can't make up my mind whether it was better with the audiobook or if I would have preferred the book. It would definitely have taken me longer to get through the book. I think the pronunciation of the Italian names and original phrases was fun and useful in many ways, but the audiobook narrator was kind of funny: the Italian accent tended to trail back into non-Ita...more
Can't really say anymore what was of were the causes, because I read this book years ago already.
What I do remember was the way the case evolved. It's rather strange to accuse and arrest the people, who only investigate the case out of interest and to write about it. That event doesn't happen every day!
I still am glad I read it. I wouldn't want to miss out on any Tr...more