Friday, March 19, 2010

Book Review: The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi

The Monster of Florence is the true story of Italy's most infamous serial killer; a killer who murdered fourteen young lovers and has never been caught due to a combination of lack of evidence and police incompetence.

This story, told by two reporters who covered the case and became involved in the investigation, has all the characters that could be dreamt up by a best-selling author; corrupt policemen, a mysterious killer, false suspects, interfering polititians and the mafia, however, in this case they are all real.

The author's background as journalsists allow them to avoid the chronological style of a scholar or police investigator and the result is an extremely well-told story using a set of facts that are fascinating on their own. The quality of the author's style is such that at times the reader forgets that it is a work of non-fiction rather than a novel and is absorbed into the tale. Personally, I could not put this book down.

This is a well-written account of a fasciniating serial killer and the authors skillfully reveal that the investigation itself is a story of its own; a story of a completely bungled investigationoy and the book is of interest on both accounts for students of crime and readers who enjoy strange plot twists

I highly recommend the Monster of Florence to all readers, particularly those who enjoy crime stories, either finctional or non-fictional; this will be one of the most memorable tales you have read.

Score: 10/10