The Monster of Florence was a man who killed young couples (14 people in all) on the rural roads around Florence, Italy while they were making love in their cars. He then dragged the women off and cut out their vaginas. He once made a mistake and killed two German homosexuals, but one of them could have been easily mistaken for a woman.
I once made the mistake of listening to it just before I went to sleep and had terrible nightmares. Do not do this.
The real monster, however, was the Italian public, and the Italian Media, who made their own monsters and ruined the lives of innocent people. And the police, who enriched themselves while pretending to catch him. They never did, despite the most expensive, and longest lasting investigation in Italian history, which also ruined the lives of innocent people. Italy is the home of corruption and organized crime, and the police have become experts in dealing with them;and living with them. The Italian people as a whole in this book appear charming but incredibly foolish.
All in all, it's an interesting, but depressing story.
Semi retired CPA, Sarah's mom, corgi mom, avid traveler, political junkie, somewhere north of ATL
I was extremely disappointed in this book. I am a big fan of the Preston/Lincoln writing team. And Florence is one of my favorite cities. However, this offering was dry and unexciting. I could not even finish the book......I advise you to use your credits on another selection.
Here's a story with no plotline... no climax... no resolution... and to add insult to injury characterizes all Italians as Saturday Night Live caricatures... and the READER... omigod ! at BEST mispronounces everything and at worst, and often, sounds like a Chef Boyardee commercial or a Sesame Street character -please don't insult us with this horrible fake accent !
Story about two people writing a story about themselves writing a story. As a lover of tru crime mysteries and Italy - I thought I'd love this but was very bored. Barely got through it.
The Italian accent accompanied with the confusing names was hard to follow. I was disappointed with the book in general. The story could have been exciting but it was a challenge to keep with it. Don't waste your credit...
I am growing very fond of Douglas Preston's writing style. I listened to this all the way through in one go, I couldn't help it. It was just fasincating.
Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
This is a story of Italian Keystone Cops, with a judicial system to match. Part one of the book outlines the facts of the decades-old case, popularly known as the Monster of Florence. This concerns a series of murders of 'courting' couples in parked cars on the outskirts of Florence. Part two takes off at the point when Douglas Preston moves to Florence with the intention of living a wonderful life and writing another novel. But his interest in the Monster story is piqued, he begins investigating, and eventually ends up being a character in the Monster of Florence story. Meanwhile, the police investigation and criminal proceedings become increasingly bizarre. No doubt every country has its stories of corruption within law enforcement systems, but the Florentine system is unlike those familiar to true-crime readers in the English-speaking world and this adds an extra dimension. Mario Spezi, both author and actor in the case, is a very likable character and the voice of reason throughout. The book also provides an interesting look at Florentine culture with its roots dating back many centuries. Dennis Boutsikaris has just the right voice for this story and his dead-pan delivery is perfect since the bumbling and ineptitude speak for themselves. He also does a good job with the Italian accent. True crime, injustice,and 'local colour' with a twist. Well worth reading.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book! Given the subject matter, I expected it to be somewhat difficult to get through at points, but this was not the case.
This book is well written; almost novel-like in how entertaining it is at times.
The narration of this book is fits the book perfectly; very well narrated.
I wouldn't have even bothered with this book had it not been recommended to me by my mom. I was hooked when she told me that the Monster of Florence was the real life inspiration for the Hannibal Lector character. And after listening to the story I was in awe of the Italian judicial system. Great, great book and even better to listen to!!
When I purchased this audio book I had a small understanding of what to expect. Being a fan of the Thomas Harris character Hannibal Lector and recently the television interpretation of that world, the Monster of Florence caught my eye.
But this fictional knowledge of the Monster is nothing compared to the facts.
This book is a chilling insight into the killings of Italian couples over a decade long spree. It details the evidence, connections, and various theories of the case. And presents it's own opinion on who the killer is. It also shows the affect these murders have had on the people of Florence and others involved, even to this day.
If you are interested in the darkest side of man and ponder how these horrible crimes can be committed, read or listen to this audio book. But know it will affect you too.