Sunday, December 06, 2009

61. THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE - Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi

When Mario Spezi, a young journalist in Florence, took a Sunday shift at the newspaper's crime desk, he had no idea that it would lead to a 40-plus year entanglement with Italy's most notorious serial killer.

When Douglas Preston, a mystery writer, decided to pursue the story with Spezi's help, he had no idea that he and Spezi would soon be the center of the investigation.

This is not a book of fiction, but the analysis of the serial killer Spezi labeled, "The Monster of Florence," the botched investigations following the murders, and the crazy allegations that caused dishonor upon many families and shamed one man enough to kill himself.

While the killer has never been caught, Spezi and Preston give a full account of the modern theories. However, the book's publicity seems to imply that they know who is the killer. I was disappointed to find no allegations in my U.S. copy (probably due to libel laws). Overall, it is an interesting enough read for real-crime lovers. For my personal tastes, I found the study of Italy in these pages much more fascinating.

2.75 out of 5.0 Italian Surfers.


Karen said...

I don't know which version you read--the cover of my copy is different. Mine has an interesting postscript. The crazy prosecutor in the allegations against Spezi is the same one who just won a verdict against poor Amanda Knox using the same sorts of crazy conspiracy theories.

Kristin Dodge said...

Interesting... I'm going to have to find out the current status of that investigation. Thanks for the tip!