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The Monster of Florence

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

True crime, well written

Douglas Preston is a great writer of mysteries and brings all his skills to this true story. Such great descriptions of the beauty of Italy and the people involved in this fiasco. A serial killer on the loose and the Italian police go in so many directions that it's cra...
Douglas Preston is a great writer of mysteries and brings all his skills to this true story. Such great descriptions of the beauty of Italy and the people involved in this fiasco. A serial killer on the loose and the Italian police go in so many directions that it's crazy. And some of those directions will surprise you. Sure makes you wonder about the Amanda Knox case.....and that is even brought up at the end of the book. I think this a great read.

posted by TomT4828 on April 21, 2010

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2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Not recommended

I was excited to read this book, thinking it would be a gorgeous portrait of Italy as well as a murder mystery. Unfortunately, I found the writing stilted and the plot uneven, and I left with little understanding of the real Italy. Very disappointed.

posted by 2779376 on October 8, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    Not recommended

    I was excited to read this book, thinking it would be a gorgeous portrait of Italy as well as a murder mystery. Unfortunately, I found the writing stilted and the plot uneven, and I left with little understanding of the real Italy. Very disappointed.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    Disappointing Read

    I thought this book was going to be a great read, but was disappointed and forced myself to finish it about 3/4 f the way through it. It starts strong and pulls you in and then drags on and on. Preston acts a bit like he's got a man- crush on another author with the number of times this well known American author is mentioned in the book. Bottom line... Get it from the library... don't buy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    I had never heard of the Monster of Florence before, and I was h

    I had never heard of the Monster of Florence before, and I was hoping for a comprehensive true crime story. Although there was a fairly good account of the actual events, I have found that there was much that was left out, and a great deal of the book was devoted to the personal involvement of the authors and a devotion to "journalistic privilege" that was distracting from the main story. Despite what appears to be evidence of less-than-competent police investigation and oddities of the Italian judicial system, the authors' own actions seem to be a big part of the problem. Although they did outline a plausible theory of the identity of the Monster, they made no attempt to explain why the murders ended with the arrest of the "wrong" suspect. Their "Monster" remained alive and apparently at liberty to kill again, but he did not. Meanwhile, the book rambles on, providing a convenient opportunity for self-justification and/or self-promotion. It felt twice as long as it needed to be, and it felt incomplete on several levels.

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