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A good true crime story that shows how really terribly wrong an investigation can go when an idiot is put in charge of it If anything, Preston was too nice in describing the Italian justice system Recommended to true crime lovers. You know you are a bookaholic when you find yourself in a quaint little bookshop in Venice staring at a copy of The Monster of Florence CQ convinced me, by way of saying he would pack it in his own luggage, that I was not leaving the shop without this book My boyfriend is better than your boyfriend P. [Read Kindle] ⚑ The Monster of Florence: A True Story ☨ 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, ItalyIn , Douglas Preston Fulfilled A Dream To Move His Family To Italy Then He Discovered That The Olive Grove In Front Of Their Th 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 LearnThis 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 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 Victims of the monster of Florence 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 Sketch of the monster of Florence 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 about the monster in collaboration with Mario Spezi, a journalist who had been writing about the subject for years The result is this book, a fascinating tale about both the serial killer and the culture around Florence at the time.Douglas Preston Mario SpeziApparently a major recreational activity among the general public in Florence at least the male half was spying on young couples making love in cars This activity included staking out the best spots to watch and even paying off the regulars to snag their places Of course, this is very creepy.Other parts of the story depict the macho culture in Italy, in which some men mistreated, starved, and beat their wivesand even murdered them often with few consequences.According to Preston there are probably many reasons the monster of Florence wasn t caught Firstly, there was a lot of shoddy police work in which crime scenes weren t secured and people wandered around at will Crime scene photos related to the monster of FlorenceSecond, there was an inept judicial system in which the major players caredabout advancing their careers than convicting the right person In fact the judges actually closed the investigation on the most likely suspects, forcing police to look elsewhere.A fascinating part of the book depicts the harassment of Preston and Spezi by the police and the judiciary In fact, at one point Spezi was accused of being the murderer and put in jail perhaps in an attempt to stop the publication of this book which casts officials in a decidedly unflattering light Preston and Spezi believe they know the identity of the monster and present a convincing case but perhaps it s too late for justice to prevail This is a well written and engaging book Both mystery fans and true crime aficionados would enjoy it.You can follow my reviews a I am stunned by how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book Serial Podcast invoked an old and underlying interest in me that has now become an obsession unsolved mysteries It is a morbid confession to say how much I enjoy reading about serial killers and spooky mysteries because not only are serial killers the most disappointed and tortured souls to walk the Earth, they usually torment and torture their victims, leaving a path of destruction in their wake However, their tragic tales sure do tell one hell of a story This book is so frustrating that it leaves you thinking a few things you may have never thought before For one, I probably won t travel to Florence, despite the fact that I am a historian and Florence is the literal birthplace of the Italian Renaissance no big deal The same warped minds that turned a legitimate investigation into a witch hunt of the occult also brought you the international trial of the centuryAmanda KnoxYes folks, when you read about how badly these seemly intelligent men fell so far down the rabbit hole into fantasy land with the biggest crime in modern Italian history only to be held up on charges of planting evidence and false information, you really begin to doubt the Amanda Knox case in general I am now evenintrigued to read about that case simply because every time these two dimwits investigate a high profile murder they try to work devil worshiping and Medieval satanic cults into the narrative Those two guys are like the best.While it is so maddening to see what Giuttari and Mignini have done to the case of the Monster, that is only a brief part of the book The first half walks you through the crimes and specific evidence important to the narrative of the crimes In fact, I was freaking myself out so much I had to put the book down for a few days This book is stunning in it s storytelling and the ability it has to draw you into it s web of lies, clues, and false confessions I loved how much I learned from this book in general, mostly about Sardinian culture and this weird gang they brought into Italy from their secluded island It s like a poor man s version of the mafia and I found it gross and unique This is investigative journalism at it s best and a highly recommended read for folks who enjoy raveling mysteries and true crime This book is non fiction but reads like a brilliantly woven novel of fiction It is of course too wild and outlandish to be fiction and can barely be believed as fact The issue alone of two respected men of the Italian public ministry heading advice from a woman who runs a conspiracy theory website is so outlandish that I still don t believe she ended up being a key witnessbut heyI guess she was I think this is a story that needs to be read because there are so many important aspects to the book In fact, the sole reason you should read it is that Hannibal Lecter was based on il Mostro di Firenze A brief note about who The Monster of Florence was view spoiler I find it hard to form an opinion about who the killer was in the book for the same reason Serial presented We don t know enough of the evidence that was collected to form an educated guess The fact that the Undisclosed podcast is bringing forth insurmountable evidence against the prosecutors and investigators of Adnan s case prove that we never knew the whole story But, this is a book review not a Serial review However, I do believe Antonio Vinci is unequivocally il Mostro di Firenze as it makes the most logical sense I tend to be left brained about these types of things and love a good ending to a good serial killer mystery In fact, when I die I will ask God himself to tell me who Jack the Ripper was, who the Zodiac Killer was, and now who The Monster of Florence was, because despite my unwavering beliefs, they still aren t 100% hide spoiler Dolci colline di sangue. That s a corruption of an Italian phrase about the rolling hills of Florence it means Rolling hills of blood. It s also the title of an Italian version of this book and probably a better one.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 books I picked this up because of my obsession with all things Italian I m glad I did This book has kept me up at night, sometimes by the sheer creepiness of it all, and sometimes with slack jawed amazement at the inability of the police to arrest the murderer.The city of Florence is a character in this book I love that fact I had the great pleasure of visiting Florence over the summer and I will never forget it The city is beautiful and feels ancient and the people are amazing they are sophisticated like Parisians, but muchwelcoming.So, the Florence that appears in this book was a shock The Florence presented here is still a sophisticated and beautiful place that seems to have existed forever, but now it s full of shady, grasping politicians, corrupt and incompetent police and carabinieri who stumble over each other like fools, and, of course, a serial killer who murders young couples and mutilates the women s bodies.The book was written by an American reporter who lived in Florence for a few years He started the book with an Italian reporter who was an expert on the case Slowly, through the years, the two men becomethan just reporters they become involved in the case in the worst possible way short of becoming victims themselves.I highly recommend this book It s fascinating in the picture it paints of Florence and the Italian judicial system It s very frustrating as well due to the fact that the murderer was never caught and, wholly due to corruption on the part of the officials in charge of the case, never will be. Im leaving in the morning for Italy and dare not say a negative word about the Italian police and judicial system Great nonfiction account of a journalism project that went haywire and nearly had its authors locked away for murder Thomas Harris based Hannibal Lecter on the monster of Florence, but at least he didnt end up arrested Really good read No chianti required. Preston Well, my New Yorker article about the Monster of Florence won t be published now thanks to 9 11, so I think I should write a book instead.Editor But will Americans really be that interested in unsolved lovers lane murders in Italy We already have the Zodiac Killer and the Son of Sam Let s make this book about you instead Preston You re right I am, after all, a Bestselling Author Editor And don t let your readers forget it I want at least one reminder per page that you re not just any old armchair detective, but a Bestselling Author.Preston I did move to Florence in the first place to work on my next novel I never finished it, but I ll include a page long plot description so my readers know what a genius I am Editor Don t forget to name drop all the interesting people you met.Preston I ll be sure to include the blue blood Italian nobility I became such close friends with Even they were impressed by my writing skills Did you know that Thomas Harris wrote Hannibal in this town And that Harris was inspired by the Monster Editor Okay, be sure to include that on every page as well so your readers make the connection that you re just as good as Thomas Harris Now, who is this Spezi Preston He s an Italian journalist that most Americans have probably never heard of, so I ll be sure to minimize his voice in my writing He was arrested in the course of our investigation, but that s not the story here the story here is how I helped him out using my influence as a Bestselling Author.Editor And this book will be your next bestseller Be sure to write about how incompetent the Italian police are, just to give everybody Amanda Knox vibes.Preston Who Editor Don t worry about it. Despite my criminal justice background, I m not a huge fan of true crime books It s not that I dislike them, but unless the author has a personal connection to the case ie The Stranger Beside Me, Helter Skelter they often just end up being a recitation of the facts without muchgoing for them.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 bestselling authors end up in the middle of a serial killer investigation, being threatened with arrest on secret charges His novels about serial killers are outstanding, and I was looking forward to reading his non fictional account.While the first half of the book is pretty typical of true crime books as Preston catches the reader up with the history of the killings, the second half is just unbelievable Above everything else, the logic that the public prosecutor and chief inspector use to put together theories on the case are just so out of this world, it s impossible to believe that they re working in a civilized country in the present era In what was likely a string of murders perpetrated by a lone psychopath who fit a typical FBI profile, these two men strung together a vast conspiracy involving a satanic cult, body switching, instruments that let people communicate with Hell, and an ever widening circle of suspects At the forefront of it all is, amazingly, a blogger whose insane conspiracy theorist ramblings are taken as gospel in the legal pleadings and arguments, the prosecutor quoted her verbatim.The maxim truth is stranger than fiction has never beenaccurate than it is here The fascination for me is not the serial killer himself as far as serial killers go, he s nothing out of the ordinary I know this sounds bizarre, but I spent a whole semester studying them , but the Italian criminal justice system Definitely recommended. Thriller writer Douglas Preston moved to Italy, only to find out the nearby olive grove was the scene of a ghasty double murder Preston and the journalist originally covering the investigation, Mario Spezi, dig into the case of the Monster of Florence, even winding up being investigated themselvesI 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 decades and into the psychology of the killer, the Italian press and justice system.Preston writes the tale in an engaging way, making me forget I was reading nonfiction at times The Monster of Florence s crimes were brutal and the descriptions of the murders can be somewhat graphic Each of the suspects almost seemed tailor made for a book of this type Spezi s, and later Preston s, frustration was almost tangible The one thing that reminded me that I wasn t reading fiction is that the Monster of Florence was never caught Fun fact The Monster of Florence, the man, not the book, was a partial inspiration for parts of Hannibal by Thomas Harris.That s about all I can say without revealing too much Read it yourself and get drawn into the web of deceit, murder, mutilation, vengeance, and corruption And you d be well served to never get suspected of a crime in Italy.