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 PolicĂ­aco: El monstruo de florencia douglas preston con mario spezi.

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Against the backdrop of the serenely beautiful Italian city of Florence, the killer then goes on an unparalleled murder spree with a savagery that was so far unknown in the land. It’s so obviously a story about the blindness of privilege and Preston so completely fails to come to grips with the way he forces his friends into the roles he imagines their identities to be that I find it mostly a frustrating scaffold around the actual story.

The Monster of Florence

As Preston notes, the surreal case built against them feels very much like something out of Kafka’s The Trialbut it has the added horror of really happening. Who is the real monster of Florence? CQ convinced me, by way of saying he would pack it in his own luggage, that I dougglas not leaving the shop without this book.

They suddenly become part of the story, not just reporters OF the story He has fond memories of living in Florence as a teenager and wishes to recapture some of the excitement and wonder he felt in Most people would be alarmed to discover that such a terrifying event had happened in the place they have chosen to live, but for Preston it seems like his muse has given him a gift.

Other parts of the story depict the macho culture in Italy, in which some men mistreated, starved, and beat their wives They bluntly describe the way police mistreated them without the similar evenhanded approach to explaining that many of these officers might have still believed they were the killers or were helping the real one.


The characters would seem impossibly drawn, many of them grotesque and heinous, the plot line would seem filled with the types eouglas corruption and miscarriages of justice that just do not occur in civilized Western society, and the resolution would seem outlandish to the point of disbelief.

The fascination for me is not dl serial killer himself as far dkuglas serial killers go, he’s nothing out of the prseton – I know this sounds bizarre, but I spent a whole semester studying thembut the Italian criminal justice system.

The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

Feb 17, Carlos Azevedo rated it really liked it. The issue alone of two respected men of the Italian public ministry heading advice from a woman who runs a conspiracy theory website is so outlandish that I still don’t believe she ended up being a key witness Since then he has published several more non-fiction books on the history of the American Southwest, Talking to the Ground and The Royal Road, as well as a novel entitled Jennie.


There is a desperation to catch the killer, not only because he is murdering necking couples, but also because he is screwing with the sex lives of the entire city. Not quite the same. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Spezi’s, and later Preston’s, frustration was almost tangible. Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school–he was almost immediately expelled–he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston.

Why hasn’t this been made into a Netflix docuseries? Read it yourself and get drawn into the web of deceit, murder, mutilation, vengeance, and corruption. Ultimately, however, the book is published, and both Preston and Spezi are subsequently cleared.


The Monster of Florence

Preston continues a magazine writing career by contributing regularly to The New Yorker magazine. Mario Spezi is an Italian journalist who followed the case from the beginning, sometimes working with police and often getting rlorencia of them.

We all have a Monster within; the difference is in degree, not in kind. Above everything else, preshon logic that the public prosecutor and chief inspector use to put together theories on the case are just so out of this world, it’s impossible to believe that they’re working in a civilized country in the present era.

Afterwards their conversation is dominated with debunking florrncia Preston calls a credible theory that they were guilty. Most importantly, it’s a comfort to know that there will always be answer at the end of each book, where Hercule Poirot or some other detective character unmask the culprit and force a confession in dramatic fashion.

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Any attempt to describe it ends in glibness and self-delusion. Mario Spezi, the book’s co-writer, recently passed away innever gaining closure on the florencua of the murderer that had become his object of obsession and caused him much suffering.

Preston also taught writing at Princeton University and was managing editor of Curator. Instead of satisfaction and closure, it ends with a note of quiet resignation. As Mario Spezi and Douglas Preston sift through the evidence and become critical of the investigations initiated by the police, detectives start to focus on them. They are empty and angry.

Great nonfiction account of a journalism project that went haywire and nearly had its authors locked away for murder.