The 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
The number of victims involving the Monster of Florence are staggering, those murdered and those accused.
We are all potential killers. Each and every one of us is capable of killing someone, usually that would be while protecting ourselves or protecting someone we love. Then there are those who live in ...more
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 Italian serial killer and his murders. It's a fascinating journey into a reign of terror that lasted decad ...more
My boyfriend is better than your boyfriend :P. ♥
This book details the investigation into a series of murders that began in 1968 and finally ended in 1985. 16 people were shot to death in the hills surrounding Florence, Italy during that time. All the victims were killed with the same gun.
I do not, as a rule, go in for true crime ...more
One of the rare times that I can kind of recall the content of a book I have read a while back 😁
I had known of the mythos of "Il Mostro" previous to reading this book, a usual case of a killer wreaking havoc, never been caught and so on. Now this book really interested me because the guy that wrote it unknowingly bought a home on or near one of the murder sites. When he discovered this fact he took it upon himself to dig into the mystery....
This book throws up so many new and possibly far fetche ...more
From the late 1960’s to the 1980’s a serial killer sporadically stalked the countryside around Florence, murdering young couples and mutilating the female victims. Over the years, numerous men became suspects, many were jailed, and some were put on trial. To this day, however, the true killer, dubbed “the monster of Florence” has not been identified.
Douglas Preston, an author of crime novels, moved to Florence with his family to write a novel. Once there he decided to write a non-fiction book a ...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
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
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.
Muito, muito ...more
Até aqui tudo seria normal, não fosse o caso do outro Monstro que emerge do livro ser o da justiça italiana, e a forma como a investigação descamba em ataques pessoais, teorias rocambolescas e jogos de poder na magistratura. E, helas! uma enorme semelhança com a justiça portuguesa e a sua promiscuidade com os jornalistas (estou a escrever isto num dia em que se soube que uma audiência à porta fechad ...more
It's a really fascinating serial killer story, and the way the story was organized and all the details presented was perfect. I was completely glued to the story, and when the author revealed his suspect, it had just the right impact.
Second half of the story: 3 stars
Some crazy shit happened after Douglas Preston got involved in the whole thing. Turns out the Italian justice system isn't any better or more ethical than the US one. The way they twisted and contorte ...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
Not enough meat in this book, and if I hear the word 'carabinieri' one more time I'M gonna kill somebody.
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
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
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