The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

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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.
 

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The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publisher's Weekly). Coauthors of the famed Pendergast series, their books Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the 100 greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number one box office hit movie. They are also the authors of Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance and Gideon's Sword. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published four novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm. The authors welcome e-mail from their readers; you can visit their website at www.prestonchild.com.
 
Published June 10, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Crime. Non-fiction

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Meticulous account of the collaboration between American thriller author Preston (Blasphemy, 2008, etc.) and Italian journalist Spezi to plumb a long-unsolved series of murders.

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For anyone with a taste for such things, the Monster of Florence remains the most fascinating serial killer of the 20th century.

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Entertainment Weekly

Over endless rounds of espresso, Spezi told Preston about the Monster of Florence, a serial killer suspected of 14 murders who had stalked the Tuscan hills since 1974 pouncing on young lovers in their cars, killing them, then carving out the woman's privates.

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The Telegraph

It includes a description of Spezi and Preston’s .

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The Bookbag

Mafia murders and crimes of passion maybe, but a fiendish, sexually motivated serial killer stalking the streets of a beautiful city like Florence seemed absurd.

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USA Today

The killings proved revolting enough to inspire novelist Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter sequel to The Silence of the Lambs.Though Preston punctuates the saga with the murders and the victims' stories, most of the book passionately describes the investigations gone wrong by Italian law enforcement...

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Monsters and Critics

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.

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Monsters and Critics

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, Dou...

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Las Vegas Review Journal

And so Spezi told murder mystery writer Preston one hell of a story — about a real-life murdering monster.

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ReviewingtheEvidence.com

The first half of the book relates the history of the Monster of Florence and a broad history of Florence's changing fortune.

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Birmingham Public Library

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy Suggested Readings Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Hannibal by Thomas Harris (also available on DVD as Hannibal) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (also availabl...

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Alternative Control

This is a book about the disturbingly corrupt, chaotic, irresponsible, and totally inept Italian justice system that, in its attempt to capture a serial killer, destroys the lives of innocent people under the pretense of seeking justice.

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