The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
rating: 3 of 5 stars
I just finished it last night -- it was interesting, but not spell-binding. If I could have given it 3.5 stars, that would be more accurate -- not at all horrible, but I got bored sometimes. It was very detailed about the process of finding the Monster, rather than what the Monster did. The details of the murders weren't the focus at all.
David Preston went to Florence to reseach a novel and by chance moved into a villa right next to a vineyard where one of the murders took place, and he and an Italian journalist, Spezi, met up and decided to write a book about the Monster.
There was a lot of information about how the Italian police force worked (or didn't work!) and there were multiple arrests and jailings but they were never (?) the right person. And in the end, even Spezi and Preston were under suspicion.
If you enjoy true crime, you'll likely enjoy this book!
**** UPDATE ***
How ironic -- the same day I write this review, I'm watching a 48 Hours episode I'd TIVO'd. They've started this thing (that always makes me think the channel has changed) where in the middle of the program, they show a small, few-minute highlight of another show. Interestingly, it was about the Monster of Florence! I can see that this would be a much more interesting story told on 48 hours -- it will get to the interesting parts right away, and hearing it from Preston and Spezi makes it all the more intriguing.
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