Les Innocents jT 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 A living breathing serial killer trumps a sketchy idea for a thrillerThe police files are full of false leads bungled investigations wild speculations lost clues and political pressure Men are arrested and convicted of being the Monster of Florence only to have the true Monster kill again If this were a novel the reader would not be able to believe the level of incompetence shown by the Florentine detectives 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 It has been speculated that 1 in 3 people in Florence was conceived in the backseat of a car in the Florentine Hills As the murder tally grows fear is produced The result is a frustrated city full of people in need of sexual release The burner needs to be turned down on the boiling potAnd what about the poor peeping toms or Indians as they are called Those men who almost on a professional basis go out every night to creep around The Hills looking for a good vantage point to watch couples making out Those perverts are also in need of release one hand working furiously as they live at least for a moment vicariously through the steamed windows of someone else s passionIt begs the uestion with so many of these men out there every night it is almost inconceivable that none of them ever saw anything suspicious Of course it is hard to explain to the police why a man is out in the Florentine HillsALONE but then is a man ever alone when he has some spit and a firm handAs 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 This is frankly baffling As an American an author andournalist I had always enjoyed a smug feeling of invulnerability What could they possibly do to me When two burly cops come to pick him up for uestioning his invincibility starts to feel like a house built on sand He became trapped in his own thrillerI can certainly understand why Douglas Preston became so enthralled with this monstrous tale He and Spezi even offer up their own ideas about who the killer was and certainly convinced me that in the end the Florentine police abandoned a line of inuiry too soon that would have yielded the identity of one of the most notorious serial killers in world history Florence will never be the same for Douglas Preston George Clooney is Douglas PrestonThe movie starring George Clooney playing Douglas Preston is due for release in 2016 I m not sure at this point how loose an interpretation the movie will be of the book but if you re Preston you have to be thrilled that people will associate your name with Clooney s face Yes George Clooney played me in a movie
If You Wish To you wish to of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at From the late 1960 s to the 1980 s a serial killer sporadically stalked the countryside around Florence murdering young couples and mutilating the female victims Victims of the monster of Florence Over the years numerous men became suspects many were I Was A Stranger jailed and some were put on trial To this day however the true killer dubbed the monster of Florence has not been identified Sketch of the monster of Florence Douglas Preston an author of crime novels moved to Florence with h Preston Well my New Yorker article about the Monster of Florence won t be published now thanks to 911 so I think I should write a book insteadEditor But will Americans really be that interested in unsolved lovers lane murders in Italy We already have the Zodiac Killer and the Son of Sam Let s make this book about you instead Preston You re right I am after all a Bestselling Author Editor And don t let your readers forget it I want at least one reminder per page that you re notust any old armchair detective but a Bestselling AuthorPreston I did move to Florence in the first place to work on my next novel I never finished it but I ll include a page long plot description so my readers know what a genius I am Editor Don t forget to name drop all the interesting people you metPreston I ll be sure to include the blue blood Italian nobility I became such close friends with Even they were impressed by my writing skills Did you know that Thomas Harris wrote Hannibal in this town And that Harris was inspired by the MonsterEditor Okay be sure to include that on every page as well so your readers make the connection that you re ust as good as Thomas Harris Now who is this SpeziPreston He s an Italian ournalist that most Americans have probably never heard of so I ll be sure to minimize his voice in my writing He was arrested in the course of our investigation but that s not the story here the story here is how I helped him out *using my influence as a Bestselling AuthorEditor And this book will be your next bestseller Be *my influence as a Bestselling AuthorEditor And this book will be your next bestseller sure write about how incompetent the Italian police are The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States just to give everybody Amanda Knox vibesPreston WhoEditor Don t worry about it A good true crime story that shows how really terribly wrong an investigation can go when an idiot is put in charge of it If anything Preston was too nice in describing the Italianustice system Recommended to true crime lover. 1974 to learn This is the true story of their search for and identification of the man they believe committed the crimes and their chilling interview with him It's also the story of how Preston and Spezi themselves became embroiled in the case Like one of Preston's bestselling thriller. ,
Thriller writer Douglas Preston moved to Italy only to find out the nearby olive grove was the scene of a ghasty double murder Preston and the ournalist originally covering the investigation Mario Spezi dig into the case of the Monster of Florence even winding up being investigated themselvesI know I made the synopsis sound like a thriller but this is non fiction the account of an Italian serial killer and his murders It s a fascinating ourney into a reign of terror that lasted decades and into the psychology of the killer the Italian press and Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth justice systemPreston writes the tale in an engaging way making me forget I was reading nonfiction at times The Monster of Florence s crimes were brutal and the descriptions of the murders can be somewhat graphic Each of the suspects almost seemed tailor made for a book of this type Spezi s and later Preston s frustration was almost tangible The one thing that reminded me that I wasn t reading fiction is that the Monster of Florence was never caughtFun fact The Monster of Florence the man not the book was a partial inspiration for parts of Hannibal by Thomas HarrisThat s about all I can say without revealing too much Read it yourself and get drawn into the web of deceit murder mutilation vengeance and corruption And you d be well served to never get suspected of a crime in Italy Dolci colline di sangue That s a corruption of an Italian phrase about the rolling hills of Florence it means Rolling hills of blood It s also the title of an Italian version of this book and probably a better oneThis book details the investigation into a series of murders that began in 1968 and finally ended in 1985 16 people were shot to death in the hills surrounding Florence Italy during that time All the victims were killed with the same gun I do not as a rule go in for true crime books I picked this up because of my obsession with all things Italian I m Im leaving in the morning for Italy and dare not say a negative word about the Italian police andudicial system Great nonfiction account of a 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts journalism project that went haywire and nearly had its authors locked away for murder Thomas Harris based Hannibal Lecter on the monster of Florence but at least he didnt end up arrested Really good read No chianti reuired Despite my criminalustice background I m not a huge fan of true crime books It s not that I dislike them but unless the author has a personal connection to the case ie The Stranger Beside Me Helter Skelter they often ust end up being a recitation of the facts without much going for themWhen I first caught wind of Douglas Preston s debacle with an Italian serial killer The Monster of Florence I couldn t wait to read the resulting book How often does one of my favorite bestselling authors end up in the middle of a serial killer investigation being threatened with arrest on secret charges His novels about serial killers are outstanding and I was looking forward to reading his non fictional accountWhile 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 *history of the killings the second half is unbelievable Above everything else the logic that the public prosecutor and chief inspector use to put together theories on the case are ust so out of this world it s impossible to believe that they re working in a civilized country in the present era In what was likely a string of murders perpetrated by a lone psychopath who fit a typical FBI profile these two men strung together a vast conspiracy involving a satanic cult body switching instruments that let people communicate with Hell and an ever widening circle of suspects At the forefront of it all is amazingly a blogger whose insane conspiracy theorist ramblings are taken as gospel in the legal pleadings and arguments the prosecutor uoted her verbatimThe maxim truth is stranger than fiction has never been accurate than it is here The fascination for me is not the serial killer himself as far as serial killers go he s nothing out of the ordinary I know this sounds bizarre but I spent a whole semester studying them but the Italian criminal ustice system Definitely recommended You know you are a bookaholic when you find yourself in a uaint little bookshop in Venice staring at a copy of The Monster of Florence C convinced me by way of saying he would pack it in his own luggage that I was not leaving the shop without this book My boyfriend is better than your boyfriend P I am stunned
by how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book Serial Podcast invoked an old and underlying how much I thoroughly enjoyed this
book serial podcast invoked an old and underlying Serial Podcast invoked an old and underlying me that has now become an obsession unsolved mysteries It is a morbid confession to say how much I enjoy reading about serial killers and spooky mysteries because not only are serial killers the most disappointed and tortured souls to walk the Earth they usually torment and torture their victims leaving a path of destruction in their wake However their tragic tales sure do tell one hell of a story This book is so frustrating that it leaves you thinking a few things you may have never thought before For one I probably won t travel to Florence despite the fact that I am a historian and Florence is the literal birthplace of the Italian Renaissance no big deal The same warped minds that turned a legitimate investigation into a witch hunt of the occult also brought you the international trial of the century Amanda Knox Yes. The Monster of Florence which was shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger Award for Non Fiction in 2010 is a true account of brutal serial murder in idyllic Florence After settling in Italy in 2000 Douglas Preston discovered that the olive grove in front of his family's new home. .
Summary Ü PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Douglas PrestonFolks when you read about how badly these seemly intelligent men fell so far down the rabbit hole into fantasy land with the biggest crime in modern Italian history only to be held up on charges of planting evidence and false information you really begin to doubt the Amanda Knox case in general I am now even intrigued to read about that case simply because every time these two dimwits investigate a high profile murder they try to work devil worshiping and Medieval satanic cults into the narrative Those two guys are like the bestWhile it is so maddening to see what Giuttari and Mignini have done to the case of the Monster that is only a brief part of the book The first half walks you through the crimes and specific evidence important to the narrative of the crimes In fact I was freaking myself out so much I had to put the book down for a few days This book is stunning in it s storytelling and the ability it has to draw you into it s web of lies clues and false confessions I loved how much I learned from this book in general mostly about Sardinian culture and this weird gang they brought into Italy from their secluded island It s like a poor man s version of the mafia and I found it gross and uniue This is investigative ournalism at it s best and a highly recommended read for folks who enjoy raveling mysteries and true crime This book is non fiction but reads like a brilliantly woven novel of fiction It is of course too wild and outlandish to be fiction and can barely be believed as fact 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 witnessbut heyI guess she was I think this is a story that needs to be read because there are so many important aspects to the book 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 spoilerI find it hard to form an opinion about who the killer was in the book for the same reason Serial presented We don t know enough of the evidence that was collected to form an educated guess The fact that the Undisclosed podcast is bringing forth insurmountable evidence against the prosecutors and investigators of Adnan s case prove that we never knew the whole story But this is a book review not a Serial review However I do believe Antonio Vinci is uneuivocally il Mostro di Firenze as it makes the most logical sense I tend to be left brained about these types of things and love a good ending to a good serial killer mystery In fact when I die I will ask God himself to tell me who Jack the Ripper was who the Zodiac Killer was and now who The Monster of Florence was because despite my unwavering beliefs they still aren t 100% hide spoiler This is the nature of the evil of the Monster of Florence And this is the nature of the evil in each
#AND EVERY ONE OF US WE #every one of us We have a Monster within the difference is in degree not in kind The number of victims involving the Monster of Florence are staggering those murdered and those accusedWe are all potential killers Each and every one of us is capable of killing someone usually that would be while protecting ourselves or protecting someone we love Then there are those who live in a world of revenge fantasy They are sensitive to every slight They keep lists in their heads of every negative thing that has ever happened to them They are a bomb building inside and given the right circumstances the fuse could be lit They might kill their family or friends or coworkers and feel ustified in doing so They know who they kill It is very personal Then there are what I think of as the soulless people not in a religious sense but people lacking a fundamental empathy for others They are missing something critical that allows them to value life They are empty and angry They kill indiscriminately They walk into night clubs movie theaters malls schools or churches and kill whoever happens to be there They might say they have a cause or a specific hate but fundamentally what it really comes down to is they hate us all The Monster of Florence killed 14 people 7 couples over the course of a decadeand he got away with it Douglas Preston decides to move to Florence Italy to write his next thriller He has fond memories of living in Florence as a teenager and wishes to recapture some of the excitement and wonder he felt in 1969 Of course as
we get older we realize that gossamer wrapped memories are nearly impossibleget older we realize that gossamer wrapped memories are nearly impossible recreate Moments of true magic are fleeting and fickle and belong to the age that created them So maybe Preston didn t think he could recapture the Florence of his youth but he certainly didn t have a clue that he might be imprisoned It isn t his fault What was he supposed to do Mario Spezi the Florentine reporter who spent decades hunting a Monster and kept the pressure on *the police much to his detriment He meets a reporter by the name of Mario Spezi and he *police much to his detriment He meets a reporter by the name of Mario Spezi and he him a story It is an intriguing story of murder mayhem Sardinian gangsters sex and illusive facts These are the very things to make a writer s nostrils uiver like a bloodhound catching the scent of a uarry To add some spice the very olive grove in the backyard of the villa that Preston is renting was the scene of one of the most horrific double murders in Italian history Mos. Had been the scene of one of the most infamous double murders in Italian history committed by a serial killer who had never been found and was known only as the Monster of Florence Preston intrigued met Italian ournalist Mario Spezi who had followed the case since the first murders in.