In the tradition of John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
and Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City
, Douglas Preston weaves a captivating account of crime and punishment in the lush hills of Florence, Italy
Douglas Preston fulfilled a lifelong dream when he moved with his family to a villa in Florence
. Upon meeting celebrated journalist Mario Spezi, Preston
was stunned to learn that the olive grove next to his home had been the scene of a horrific double murder committed by one of the most infamous figures in Italian history. A serial killer who ritually murdered fourteen young lovers, he has never been caught. He is known as the Monster of Florence.
Fascinated by the tale, Preston
began to work with Spezi on the case. Here is the true story of their search to uncover and confront the man they believe is the Monster. In an ironic twist of fate that echoes the dark traditions of the city's bloody history, Preston
and Spezi themselves became targets of a bizarre police investigation.
With the gripping suspense of Preston's bestselling novels, THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE tells a remarkable and harrowing chronicle of murder, mutilation, suicide, and vengeance-with Preston
and Spezi caught in the middle.
""Remarkable true-crime story...passionately describes the investigations gone wrong....Preston knows how to load his storytelling with intriguing evidence and damning details. His feverish style keeps the reader turning with the hope of uncovering the killer's identity.""