Monday, February 11, 2013

Book Review: The Monster of Florence

A gripping true life story of the unsolved serial murders that took place in Florence, Italy, from 1968-1985. The author, Douglas Preston, moved to Italy, and while working on a new mystery novel meets a fellow journalist, Mario Spezi, who had written about and followed the story of these brutal murders from the beginning. The novel recounts the original events, as well as the effect the original reporting had on Spezi and in a weird twist of fate, the authors themselves become the focus of a police investigation.

They do a good job of presenting the facts of the case in an interesting way, as well as explaining what they think the prosectors are getting wrong. It's a fascinating look at the workings of the Italian judicial system, and the underlying corruption that has lead to these murders not being solved. While the identity of the murderer may never be known, this book had enough to keep me engaged, and had a satisfying ending.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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