The Monster of Florence is the name commonly used by the media in Italy for a series of eight . The book The Monster of Florence: A True Story by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi casts doubts on the culpability of Pacciani as Il Mostro. El monstruo de Florencia: una historia real by Douglas J. Preston; Mario Spezi at – ISBN – ISBN Libros de segunda mano (posteriores a ) – Literatura – Narrativa – Terror, Misterio y Policíaco: El monstruo de florencia douglas preston con mario spezi.

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They are a bomb building inside, and given the right circumstances, the fuse could be lit. The story is compelling enough be then it meanders off into nowhere, really, and ends with the investigation stalling. Jul 01, Daphne rated it really liked monstrou Shelves: Crime scene photos related to ‘the monster of Florence Second, there was an inept judicial system in which the major players cared more about advancing their careers than convicting the right person.


This case lends itself to dramatic narrative and frequent cultural references, but he still hams up his prose. So it was like being squeezed into the best kind of hug by a favorite family member you haven’t seen in a long time. Douglas Preston decides dd move to Florence, Italy, to write his next thriller.

It’s like a poor man’s version of the mafia and I found it gross and unique. He became trapped in his own thriller.

At points it really detracts from an objective approach or the sense of a totally informed opinion that is crucial in reporting this. Preston writes the tale in an engaging way, making me forget I was reading nonfiction at times.

All in all, this is an engrossing read, and one that I have to say was personally disillusioning, for I have monsgruo many a rather romantic view of Italy, bolstered by an idyllic summer I spent there studying in Perugia Judge Mignini’s very own home turf back in the 70’s.

The Monster of Florence

This is a chilling scene, and, personally, if I’d been in their shoes, I’d have run for cover after the suspect made veiled threats during the interview rather than try to publish it.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. So that added to such an engrossing tale equaled one happy Krissy. The character of Mario Spezi comes into the story line as a rookie journalist who is yet to hit that big scoop every one i n this field of work is constantly on the lookout for. Pacciani, a farmer known to be a ” peeping Tom ” — who, along with his friends Lotti, Vanni and Pucci, became known as the “Picnic Companions” Compagni di Merende in court testimony — was suspected of the crimes due to the similarities between the Monster’s victims and a murder committed by Pacciani against a man who had relations with his ex-girlfriend, for which Pacciani served thirteen years in prison.


This book scares and angers in equal measure. Yes 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. And what about the poor peeping toms or Indians as they are called?

The public is fascinated with serial killers as long as it does not directly involve them. Spezi emerges as the hero of the moment as he single-handedly demolishes the corrupt judge’s “case” in court. Richard went on to write The Hot Zone and The Cobra Event, which tells you all you need to know about what it was like to grow up with him as a brother.

But how do you know for sure if you just completely disregard it and don’t look into any of it at all? Awful as it is to be real, Preston makes his informative story as sizzling as just about any crime fiction — at least until he makes himself a part of it in telling his own role.

Other than finding out where Thomas Harris stole his story for Hannibal, and who Lector’s crimes in Florence were based on, you really prestoh to like true crime police procedurals for this to be as entertaining as advertised. No matter what I read this year, I seem to notice at least one of a few common threads.

Douglas Preston, mystery writer, comes to Florence to research for a stand-alone novel, but becomes embroiled in the Monster case, florfncia he partners with Spezi in his investigations. And then, in a strange twist of fate, Fllrencia and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation. As for the Monster, sometimes referred to as flrencia Jack the Ripper of Italy although as my friend Billy points out, he probably had more in common with Son of Sam- they both killed couples having sex in parked cars, they both used pistols, both struck in the summer, both inspired witch huntsSouglas no expert, but Spezi’s doutlas strikes me as much more rational: It was literally with indignation that I read through the progress of the case through the courts and about how the authors themselves are implicated in it.

You must provide copyright attribution in the edit summary by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation. His eight-year stint at the Museum resulted in the prrston book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, edited by dokglas rising young star at St. Not my bedtime read – but a great read. The way they twisted and contorted “facts” to fit their narrative was absolutely shocking.


It started really well, and the story about the Monster was really interesting. To add some more spice, the very olive grove in the backyard of the villa that Preston is renting was the scene of one of the most horrific double murders in Italian history.

Douglqs to Read Currently Reading Read. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? 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, dougas prosecutor quoted her verbatim.

Any attempt to describe it ends in glibness and self-delusion. Preston meets and befriends Spezi, ultimately becoming engrossed in the Monster Killings himself. By the time Preston met Spezi and became fascinated by the case, the trail seemed to have gone cold. 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.

A good true crime mnostruo that shows how really terribly wrong an investigation can go when an idiot is put in charge of it. I’m a bit behind on my thoughts on what I’ve read so am going to give this a quick get-go. Similarly, I never felt the author offered a good description of Florence itself. There is a desperation to catch the killer, not only because he is murdering necking monsstruo, but flroencia because he is screwing with the sex lives of the entire city.

Just the thought of a killer like that being free is chilling. It explains why, for example, the Italian public was so willing to believe the fantastic “Satanist plot” theory and dismissed the obvious. Preston also taught writing at Ee University and was managing editor of Curator. Another side of this book is how Preston captures the beauty of the Italian countryside. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more. A great thriller disguised as a non fiction work.

The narrator cracked me up. The first half of the book reads like a stra The Dark Side of Italy or An Innocent Abroad Douglas Preston and co-author Monstryo 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 and stretching up to

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