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"The late Magdalen Nabb never wrote a bad book.... She’s well worth discovering by a new generation of readers... [Monster of Florence] is one of the best of her works and readers can revel in the streets, sounds, smells of Florence."
—The Globe and Mail
“It is so good to walk with [Magdalen Nabb] through the animated streets of Florence, with its carabinieri, its ordinary people, its little trattorie and even its noisy tourists. It's all so alive, you can hear the noises, smell the smells, see that morning mist on the fast flowing Arno…. Bravissimo!”
"Monster is powerful in its indirection and its presentation in a fictional context of the facts of a real and celebrated case.... It's both a very effective crime novel and something more than a crime novel."
—Glenn Harper, International Noir Fiction
"A haunting thriller where past and present collide, where ambition brutalizes those who have most need of compassion and where lies are often more credible than truth."
"Nabb's account of the details is freshly horrifying.... The vicious, incestuous suspect is so vivid on the page that the reader feels the need of a shower after each of his many appearances."
—Donna Leon for the Sunday Times
“Fans who mourned [Nabb’s] death in 2007 will want this mystery.”
"Nabb’s death, in 2007, left a serious hole in the roster of A-list mystery writers, and the publication of a posthumous novel starring her series hero, Marshal Guarnaccia, of the Florence Carabinieri, is a welcome event for all fans of international crime fiction."
Praise for Magdalen Nabb
"It takes a writer as good as Magdalen Nabb to remind us how subtle the art of the mystery can be."
—New York Times
Posted October 5, 2013
Magdalen Nabb was an English author who spent many years living in Italy. While there she wrote a series of books, the Marshal Guarnaccia series, based on a real marshal she met while living there. All the books in the series, except this one, were published in the United States and were well received. This book, only recently rediscovered, is being published in the United States for the first time. The book is based on a real crime, a series of double homicides that took place between 1968 and 1985. In this book, Marshal Guarnaccia is assigned to a special task forced that is reinvestigating the crimes. The prosecutor in charge of the task force has already decided who committed the crimes so his goal is to make the evidence fit the suspect. He is does not provide the task force with any information that does not support his conclusion. Guarnaccia is troubled by pieces that do not fit, even his dreams point to inconsistencies. He begins to review all the information he can even going back and re-interviewing witnesses. His approach reminds me of Colombo, slightly bumbling but very tenacious. He is determined to discover who the real killer and will not be able to let the investigation go until he does. If you are a fan of detective fiction Colombo style you will enjoy this book.
Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.