The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi

Title: The Monster of Florence Author: Douglas Preston Published: June 10, 2008 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Acquired via: library

Happy New Year! I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone all the very best in 2016. May you be blessed with good health, love, happiness, prosperity and many, many wonderful books to read!

My New Year’s reading resolution is two part: to clean up my massive TBR pile by either reading the books that are on it and deleting those that do not appeal to me anymore. Having them on the list convinced me that I had to read them when in fact I really didn’t want to. Which leads me to the other part of my resolution: to read only the books that I absolutely, positively want to. We’ll see how it goes but I’m off to a good start with The Monster of Florence, my first review/post of 2016.

I have killed two birds with one stone with this book as I am a huge fan of Douglas Preston and The Monster of Florence is #1 on my Goodreads TBR (added way back in September 2009). Having fulfilled a dream of his to live in Italy, Douglas Preston and his family move to the outskirts of Florence and subsequently discover that just a short distance from their home a couple was brutally murdered by the Monster of Florence, a serial killer that terrorized Florence from 1968 to 1985. Intrigued by the case, the author soon befriends Mario Spezi, the lead reporter covering the killings and together they not only follow the case but, unwittingly, become part of the investigation.

The Monster of Florence provides a fascinating insight into a chilling episode in Florence’s history but what it captures with exceptional clarity is the workings of the Italian investigative and judicial system, paralyzed and rendered completely incapacitated and incompetent by power-hungry individuals pursuing their own personal goals.

I would love to hear what your reading resolutions are for 2016 and which books you are looking forward to reading this year.


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