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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If this were a novel, the reader would not be able to believe the level of incompetence shown by the Florentine detectives. Mignini and a local investigator, Guittari, have their own pet theory about the monster: I think the most difficult thing was keeping track of who everyone was.
View all 4 comments. While the first half of the book is pretty typical of true crime books as Preston catches the reader up with the history of the killings, the second half is just unbelievable.
This case lends itself to dramatic narrative and frequent cultural references, but he still hams up his prose.
It’s fascinating in the picture it paints of Florence and the Italian judicial system. The Monster of Florence 2 6 Apr 15, Serial murder is so rare in southern Europe and Florence is considered and certainly considers itself such a cradle of history and culture that it dumfounded police and sent the public into confused hysteria.
So, the Florence that appears in this book was a shock. Then there are those who live in a world of revenge fantasy.
They kept the pace of the book brisk and steady. Giampiero Vigilanti, another suspect, knew Pacciani in when the latter killed a man while he was having sex with his girlfriend. Mario Spezi the Florentine reporter who spent decades hunting a Monster, and kept the pressure on the police much to his detriment. It was shocking but it didn’t end up being as outrageous and unbelievable as the police work and legal drama that followed as decade after decade, trial after trial, people used the Monster for their own political gain.
It’s frightening to think about what the law can put you through in a nominally democratic country, and then to consider what it could put you through in a country that isn’t nominally democratic. Explore the Home Gift Guide.
The character of Mario Spezi comes into the story line as a rookie journalist who is yet to hit that big scoop every one i n this field of work is constantly on the lookout for. One of these trivial mentions would have been a neat note and probably would have sold a few more copies of this book.
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Awful as it is to be real, Preston makes his informative story as sizzling as just about any crime fiction — at least until he makes himself a part of it in telling his own role.
Ee is a guy who is not worrying about his car payments, let’s just leave it at that. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Why the publishers let that pass is almost as much of a mystery as the monster. It was shocking but it didn’t end up being as outrageous and unb “The Monster’s crimes were so horrific that flodencia man could not possibly have committed them.
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However, their tragic tales sure do tell I am stunned prestton how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Turns out the Italian justice system isn’t any better or more ethical than the US one. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He had been marginalized by the investigations of the s and s. 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.
This is a chilling scene, and, personally, if I’d been in their shoes, I’d have preaton for cover after the suspect made veiled threats during the interview rather than try to publish it. It’s true crime in that it recounts the series of murders committed by “The Monster of Florence” during the s and s and the difficulties involved in finding the Monster but the se is a lot more than that.
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He had the disturbing habit of jamming items into the female victims, and florsncia off parts of their erogenous zones as souvenirs. Return to Book Page. As they grew up, Doug, Richard, and their little brother David roamed the quiet suburbs of Wellesley, terrorizing the natives with home-made rockets and incendiary devices mail-ordered from the backs of comic books or concocted from chemistry sets.
Preston continues a magazine writing career by contributing regularly to The New Yorker magazine. Other parts of couglas story depict the macho culture in Italy, in which some men mistreated, starved, and beat their wives But, this is a book review not a Serial review. The killer’s method is horrific especially in regards of what he’s done to the female victimsand the book also exposes the darkest underbelly of Italian society, where unpleasant voyeurs, sexual deviants, conspiracy theorists, and self-serving officials run amok.
For a long time, I thought knowing the truth would somehow make everything better. I really liked it, though, and I’d definitely recommend it to readers interested in unsolved murder cases, or the workings of investigation and justice in foreign countries, or the power of the press.
Absolutely incredible how truly ridiculous the Italian investigation of this is! In fact, the sole reason you should read it is that Hannibal Lecter was based on il Mostro di Firenze A brief note about who The Monster of Florence was view spoiler [I find it hard to form an opinion about who the killer was in the book for the same reason Serial presented.
I can’t read it without that grain of salt, so maybe preson just the nature of the genre that I won’t ever be able to give five stars. If this douglws a novel, the reader would not be able to believe the level ppreston incompetence shown by mpnstruo Florentine detectives.
Then there are those who live in a world of revenge fantasy. Egotistically speaking, they ended up making this story more about themselves than the killer – it’s no wonder no one turned up any new evidence. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Florrencia about all I can say without revealing too preeston. At first there were some genuinely horrible people scrutinized forencia jailed but eventually the police were consulting five star crazy internet psychics, looking for satanic cults, and feverishly hunting their own reporters and the author of this book.
But I worry for that American college student in Perugia an honor student from Seattle who’s accused of murdering her British roommate after reading the duplicitous nature of Perugia public prosecutor and his reliance on the occul Boy, did I waste money on this best seller. Rex, Child turned to Preston and said: Why the publishers let that fllorencia is almost as much of a mystery as the monster.
I left the book without feeling I had any better understanding of events than I had already gleaned through snippets of journalism here and there, although I did have a slightly better command of some of the minor details. This story is so fantastical it’s difficult to believe this actually happened! View all 10 comments.