The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
4 of 5 stars
This book was absolutely gripping.
I'm a fan of true crime books. Of
course these days one can most likely read a wikipedia article about crimes and
serial killers, etc, but there's a certain sort of enjoyment that comes from
cracking open a book that takes the cold facts and presents them in a compelling
This book is one of those books. It tells the story of how the
author comes to find that the peaceful little area of Italy he's moved to is
actually the site of a vicious spate of crimes, a discovery that plunges him
into an investigation that is both thrilling and dangerous. Over the span of
seventeen years eight different couples had been brutally murdered during
nighttime trysts, the violence so shocking that it left locals in a state of
shock, dreading when the Monster of Florence would strike yet again.
The book doesn't just tell us about the murders, though. It's about
much more than that. It delves into the Italian justice system, touching on
corruption, power, and tendency of human nature to seize upon any explanation
that tells us what we want to hear. The book covers a dizzying array of possible
suspects and a convoluted trail of wild stories and accusations, and also
touches on the importance of the freedom of the press.
isn't for those who are seeking a tidy, wrapped up story of a criminal and their
comeuppance. But it is worth a read for anyone with a fascination for unresolved
mysteries and the trials and tribulations of the justice system.
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