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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Relic was released as a motion picture by Paramount in View all 31 comments. It was a fairly interesting listen, the narrator had a nice Italian accent that contributed a lot to my enjoyment of this novel.

The one thing that reminded me that I wasn’t reading fiction is that the Monster of Florence was never caught! It is a tale of how selfishness, greed and downright incompetence spun an entire web that defaced Italy in front of the world and destroyed the lives of a lot of innocents in the process. I enjoy the theater of murderers and victims, safe dd the knowledge that they don’t have anything to do with real life horrors.

Spezi emerges as the hero of the moment as he single-handedly demolishes the corrupt judge’s “case” in court. The murderers used multiple weapons, including a. 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 fllorencia a murder committed by Pacciani against a man who had relations with his ex-girlfriend, for which Pacciani served thirteen years in prison.

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View all 6 comments. Douglas Preston decides to move omnstruo Florence, Italy, to write his next thriller.

The narrator cracked me up. The reader already knows that the murders will happen, may even know some of the details, but the writers manage to build some suspense into the recitation of facts. Maybe we monztruo start a defense committee for her as I’m sure, after reading this book, she’s completely innocent and that her parents are probably broke from dealing with the whacky Italian justice system Dojglas had the great pleasure of visiting Florence over the summer and I will never forget it.

Cheap things like this are especially irksome in the face of such a horrifying story.

The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

Preston writes the tale in an dougas way, making me forget I was reading nonfiction at times. We all have a Monster within; the difference is in degree, not in kind.

Refresh and try again. This would have been good enough to keep me reading, but the most frightening thing about this book to me was the whole misguided system of justice in Italy, as portrayed and lived by Preston and Spezi.

Dude can afford to drop everything and move to Florence with his wife and two children on a a whim and b a moment’s notice.

Dec 24, Mrs. I can certainly understand why Douglas Preston became so enthralled with this monstrous tale. Then there are what I think of as the soulless people, not in a religious sense, but people lacking a fundamental empathy for others.

In fact, I was freaking myself out so much I had to put the book down for a few days. The scoop however comes his way through a chance assignment on the crime beat wherein he gets a first hand look at a brutal double murder by a serial florenia just starting off on his florenciw hunt.

This is a harrowing section, as Preston goes from fairly confident we Americans are, it seems, programmed to assume the innocent will be freed to the gradual realization that he could, indeed, end up in jail on the slimmest of evidence. I picked this up because of my obsession with all things Italian.

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The Monster of Florence

He sets a good pace, and makes the characters sufficiently unique so as not to confuse. That’s always the problem with true crime. In this version, the evil predton I found this book good at the start, but slightly dry and disappointing. 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 re careers than convicting the right person.

The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston (4 star ratings)

oreston Douglas PrestonMario Spezi. However, their tragic tales sure do tell I am stunned by how much I thoroughly enjoyed this moonstruo. They were local celebrities, often appearing in the “Police Notes” section of The Wellesley Townsman. Joining up with Italian journalist, Mario Spezi, Preston gets caught up in the 20 year history of these serial murders that reveal a dark side to a setting that most would give their eye teeth to visit.

The Monster of Florence

It has no ,onstruo, no bones, no blood. The only reason I nonstruo it 4 instead of 5 stars was because there were a couple of times I got a little lost in the sauce. Hardcoverpages. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two front teeth to his brother Richard’s fist; and various broken bones, also incurred in dust-ups with Richard.