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The Monster of Florence
The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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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NatalieR
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Fascinating true crime story with some unexpected aspects. I didn‘t know that the monster of Florence inspired Thomas Harris‘ Dr. Hannibal Lector novels. There are several references to TH. Also, the authors became a part of the case as the Italian authorities were not pleased with their research/investigation. #MountTBR

Hooked_on_books I loved this one! I thought the Italian police response to the authors was crazy. Now every time someone is accused of something in Italy I‘m highly skeptical. 2mo
Librarybelle This was so good! And yes, such a bizarre reaction from the Italian police. I totally agree with you, @Hooked_on_books ! 2mo
Trashcanman Is that your thumb? 1mo
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NatalieR @Trashcanman 🤣 Yes... I‘m a bit flexible. I didn‘t realize how weird it looks until you pointed it out! 1mo
Trashcanman @NatalieR I've been trying to mimic your thumbs flexibility. Tried for a half hour. Now my thumb hurts. Nice thumb. 1mo
NatalieR @Trashcanman You crack me up! Thanks for the compliment. 😳 Hope your thumb feels better! 😜 1mo
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AlizaApp
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A thing that I love in crime writing is when the reporter becomes a part of the story, which is what happens here. While investigating a decades-old serial killer in Florence, the reporters also find themselves targeted by authorities for daring to challenge the Italian legal system‘s accepted bureaucratic obfuscation. They name who they believe the killer to be, and also expect that nothing will come of it.

JamieArc This is one of the true crime books I recommend most, especially for the author‘s commentary in the afterward about the Amanda Knox case. 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book was fascinating. 2mo
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bookwrm526
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Mehso-so

I love true crime but this one got a little bogged down in the author‘s‘ involvement in the case and I found that part boring. The story itself is interesting though!

JamieArc I always recommend this book when people are interested in the Amanda Knox case. My copy had an afterward in which the author gave commentary on it which I found really interesting. 3mo
bookwrm526 @JamieArc I listened to the audiobook, and it didn‘t include that! 3mo
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EmilieGR
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Unforgettable window into a corrupt and wholly Italian police system

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bookandbedandtea
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Holy. Crap. Y'all.

This is really good yet horrifying. Strangely the account of the serial killer's crimes isn't even the scary part. Rather the bizarre, self-serving, bullheaded actions of the police & prosecutors is the real horror story here.

The take-away: To get away with murder Florence is the place to commit your crime. OTOH any resident or tourist in the city when a murder is committed has a good chance of being wrongly convicted. 😲

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HotMessJess
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Working out of my favorite cafe today. They sell used books for .50 cents and my wallet quivers every time I walk in. I am on a budget, waiting for Baby B to get here, so I limited myself to only 1 today 😫😫 #WorkVibes

DGRachel But you picked a good one! 12mo
HotMessJess @DGRachel have you read?! Was it a thriller?! 12mo
DGRachel It‘s true crime. I read it ages ago, but really enjoyed it and found the whole working of the Italian “justice” system to be fascinating and rather appalling. Funny note: I actually left my first copy on an airplane and had to buy a second hardback to finish! 12mo
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JessNevertheless
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I'm trying to make an economical start to Halloween decorations so I've been #audiocrafting all day to this book. Nothing like true crime to make time fly by! 🖤🌸

JennyM That‘s beautiful. Well done 13mo
JessNevertheless @JennyM Thanks! Took way longer than expected so I might have to scale down my plans a bit. 13mo
tpixie Lovely 13mo
DivineDiana Beautiful! 👏🏻 13mo
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AprilMae
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Omg, thank you soooo much @Chocamanda for the super awesome box of goodies! My niece keeps trying to grab things and hide them on me 😂😂 I'll post when I open the cards
Thank you for putting this on @JenlovesJT47
#Itstrulycriminalswap

JenlovesJT47 Awesome!!💚💚💚 13mo
Chocamanda Hooray! I‘m glad you like your goodies! I‘ll be home soon to post about my box of treats. I hope you and your niece have fun! Female Serial Killers is one of my favorite true crime books of all time. I hope you like it as much as I do. 13mo
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JessNevertheless
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Taking advantage of my office's green roof as a workspace.🌿🥀 Just started this new audiobook and I'm already hooked.

callielafleur That's lovely! 13mo
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PolaroidPoet
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I had no idea Hannibal Lecter was possibly based on the Monster of Florence. 😱

JamieArc I liked this book a lot! It‘s one of the true crime books I always recommend because a lot of people don‘t know about it, and my book had commentary in the afterward about the Amanda Knox trial that was really interesting and fit with the book. 1y
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JessNevertheless
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You can tell which one I had to get for book club vs. what I normally gravitate toward. 🖤 Probably not going to find any hidden gems in DC's newest bookstore but still a nice place to browse the top of the charts. #bookhaul

Sophoclessweetheart I want an amazon books store 😶😶😍😍 1y
JessNevertheless @Sorceryandswords It was cool! Had a lot of "if you like this, try this" displays and could pay with my prime account. Will definitely add it to my bookstore rounds! 1y
Sophoclessweetheart Omg!! That‘s awesome. 1y
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PatriciaU
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I just adore #bookmail! Today I received this beauty from @Callemarie as part of the #MarchMysteryBookSwap. It‘s been on my TBR for ages and now it has flown to the top! Thank you!

Callemarie Omg you got that so quickly!!! Wooohooooo 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's a good read. Very interesting. 1y
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bridge12
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This story takes insane turns. When I read that Giuliano Mignini was involved in the investigation I knew it was going to be a crazy ride.

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bridge12
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Iced in today from work! So I plan on sitting on my couch and reading this spooky book. Figured I‘d just get a picture of the book‘s cast than any text because it can be a bit gruesome! ❤️ #IceDay

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No_One
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#7days7bookcovers #day1

Post a book cover you love. No explanation, no information about the book. Just covers you love.

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larah17
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An excellent book. I just don‘t know what to say. To see how the prosecution twisted every single aspect of the case in order to fit their suspect of the month and their insane “satanic cult” theory is horrifying, but made for a riveting read. I would love to read about the developments in the case since this book was published!

Christine11 Sounds really interesting! 😊 2y
Emilyrjones22 I loooooved this book. In fact, I need to buy a new copy cause I loaned mine out and never got it back!! 2y
DGRachel I loved this book, too! I accidentally left my hardback on a plane and had to buy a new copy to finish! 2y
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larah17 @Christine11 I‘d really recommend it! I originally picked it up because of its connection to the Amanda Knox case (same prosecutor)! @Emilyrjones22 @DGRachel oh no! There‘s nothing worse than losing books 😢 2y
Christine11 @larah17 That‘s so interesting - I‘m definitely going to try and get a copy ! 😊 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I liked this book, it was fascinating. 2y
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larah17
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If true crime has taught me anything, it‘s that a satanic cult is always the suspect but NEVER the answer.

Meredith3 Agreed!! 2y
ladym30 So true! 2y
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larah17
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Sadly I‘m not doing the 24 in 48 readathon (someday!) but nevertheless I‘m gonna settle in with some gruesome true crime for the day! 🤘

ladym30 An incredible story! 2y
larah17 @ladym30 it really, really is! 2y
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Bpsmith6176
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This book is ah-making! Blew my mind! Love the cultural differences and the twists - my favorite true crime book!

vivastory This is really high on my true crime TBR. Glad to hear it's great! 2y
Bpsmith6176 @vivastory it is so good! Can't wait to see what you think! 😊 2y
AshleyHoss820 I swear I bought this simply because you told me to...I think I have it somewhere... 2y
Bpsmith6176 @AshleyHoss820 I think you will enjoy it! 2y
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FrankieCroooow
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I finally finished this. I loved it! I loved how in depth it got. Incredible read. I highly recommend it if you love true crime.

DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
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MorbidAi
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This was my first time reading a true crime story and I couldn't put the book down! I cannot believe how crazy this case is!! My mind is blown that I had never even heard about it before coming across the book. It made me want to read more serial killer books. 😳 #SCREAMATHON

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cinann
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MorbidAi I just finished this today. It blew my mind! I cannot believe some of the stuff that went on!! 2y
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MorbidAi
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Finishing up Glass Sword today and going to jump into a true story based on a murder in Florence. Seems worthy of #SCREAMATHON 👍

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MorbidAi
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My boyfriend is going to be so disappointed 😂😂😂😂😂

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BooksintheDelta
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It's Halloween month AND I'm going to Italy next week! Right book at the right time. #october #murder #halloween #italy

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cathysaid
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For #MysteriousMonday ... a true crime novel set in Florence. Preston, an American journalist, moves to an Italian villa and learns a gruesome murder occurred next door. Preston and Mario Spezi, an Italian criminal journalist, combine forces to investigate the "Monster" in an attempt to identify a notorious serial killer. In the process, they make themselves targets. This reads like a gripping novel!

#SpookyOctober #TrueCrime #Nonfiction

Hooked_on_books I found this book fascinating! 2y
readtheworld I LOVED this book. So intense! 2y
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Bookscatsandcountry
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DNF. This is a true crime novel about a serial killer dubbed 'The Monster of Florence' and how Preston and Spezi try to figure out who it is. I thought it would be interesting but the writing style put me off. It was written as if it was a cheesy, fictional thriller and it just didn't do it for me.

Seshat Have you read Devil in the White City? That's my favorite true crime. 3y
Bookscatsandcountry @Seshat I haven't but after looking it up I noticed that I apparently already own it! Going to track it down and bump it up my TBR. 3y
Reviewsbylola I didn't care for this one either. Too bad, because it had potential to be good. 3y
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Callemarie
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On #day2 of #sweetemotion I was so #excited to buy the monster of Florence. Mainly because I will always be a criminal justice nerd at heart and books about killers just pump me up. I'm notorious for looking at books for a long time before I finally break down and buy it so I was excited to finally buy this one. @Smangela @Callemarie

MyNamesParadise Excellent reads! 3y
RachaelViolet I love Tana French! 3y
Callemarie @RachaelViolet girl you and me both 3y
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jdtchicago
The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston

Niccolò, for God‘s sake, they accused me of being an accessory to murder, they said I planted a gun at that villa, they‘ve indicted me for making false statements and obstruction of justice! They threatened me if I ever return to Italy. And you tell me I shouldn‘t be concerned?”
“My dear Douglas, anyone who is anybody in Italy is indagato. I offer you my congratulations on becoming a genuine Italian.

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StellaDz
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I must admit, I knew nothing about this case and the events that followed, and so, the book was quite shocking. Murder, mutilation, deceit, suicide and shockingly, the charges against the authors themselves, Spezi and Preston (of whom I also didn't realize was Preston, of the thriller writing team, Preston and Child). It is a true story of how an investigation can turn ugly, and the truth can be lost to cover ups and false accusations. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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StellaDz
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The two books I'm #currentlyreading! Nice, light reading of course 😉 The Monster of Florence is my second audiobook and so far I'm loving it! The Black House is a murder mystery set in Scotland. Very much in line with my fave author Ian Rankin!

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perfectlywinged
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A top notch true crime book about Italy's own Jack the ripper! The first part details all of the murders and the countless false convictions of the monster of florence (a person who preyed specifically upon young lovers in their cars.) The second part is all about the authors' attempt to write a book about the case and how they were being hunted by the police (it gets a little "Making a Murderer" for a while).

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Whatshereadnext
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A fascinating story of a serial killer...I learnt about the case, the Italian police and a brief history of Florence! Mario Spezi and Douglas Preston are fantastic characters (I can imagine them both in a TV crime drama!) It was after reading this and reminding myself it was in fact a true story that I realised just how terrifying it actually was. Yet for some strange reason I'm even more excited to visit Florence 😂

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Bookish2
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Library book sale haul!! 📚🐲

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DGRachel
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This was a fascinating, well written true crime novel that not only discussed the crime, but also provided insight into the Italian justice system. It was the first author collaboration I thought of. I enjoyed it so much that when I left my hardback on a plane when I was half-way through, I immediately bought another copy! #augustofpages #augustphotochallenge

[DELETED] 3144876009 I listened to it on audio. Really good! 3y
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Maggie
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Cooking the books for "The Monster of Florence" means putting spinach on everything!
Yummy Lemony Eggs Florentine (with homemade hollandaise, y'all!)

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Maggie
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"Mental illness lies at the very end of this struggle to be heard. It is the last refuge of a desperate soul who has finally understood that no one is listening or ever will listen. Madness is the renunciation of all efforts to be understood...This is the nature of the Monster of Florence."

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