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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: BERKLEY - US; Original edition (19 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425230831
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.6 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Candace Dempsey is an award-winning Italian-American journalist, true crime blogger and travel writer based in Seattle. Her Knox case blog ( is hosted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and read worldwide. It's appeared on, CNN Anderson Cooper 360 and Corriere della Serra. Candace has reported on the Knox case for CNN, KOMO TV, the British documentary "The Trials of Amanda Knox" and the E! Channel documentary. She has also been a magazine editor and a producer, editor and writer for MSN. Her travel tales have been published in numerous anthologies.

Drawing upon candid interviews with the key players, case files, police reports, court documents, eyewitness accounts, crime scene videos, prison diaries, and DNA evidence, award-winning journalist Candace Dempsey reveals the real story behind the media frenzy surrounding suspects: American honor student Amanda Knox; Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian ex-boyfriend; and drifter Rudy Guede, an Italian immigrant form the Ivory Coast.

Giving readers a front-row seat at the trial, Dempsey unravels the mystery to reveal what really happened to Meredith Kercher that dark Halloween night and what role Amanda Knox played in the murder.

Enter the mystery. Visit and Candace's very popular Amanda Knox case blog.

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MURDER IN ITALY, a real-life mystery as compelling and terrifying as any work of fiction. --P. Segal, Femme Noir

Candace Dempsey has written the definitive book about the arrest and trial of Amanda Knox. I found it to be fair and quite objective. It reads like a novel, yet is dense with details most people don't know --Frank Shier, KIRO 97.3 Radio

Candace Dempsey's accuracy and fairness while examining the evidence made her one of the most knowledgeable American journalists on the case. --Ashleen Aguilar, The Daily of the University of Washington

Reporter Candace Dempsey has grabbed hold of the true-crime story of a lifetime. --Jim Kershner, The Spokesman-Review

MURDER IN ITALY is a fascinating read... a thorough account and timeline of the events relating to Meredith's murder, immensely helpful in understanding the case against Amanda, Raffaele and Rudy Guede.
--Amy Mikel, Seattlest

About the Author

Candace Dempsey is an award-winning, Italian-American journalist based in Seattle, Knox's hometown. Dempsey covered this sensational case from the very beginning on her blog, featured on and CNN Anderson Cooper 360, and read around the world. She'll continue to blog until the final appeal (

Dempsey has discussed this real-life Italian murder mystery on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News and many other TV and radio outlets. She traveled often to Italy to unravel the mystery, drawing upon trial transcripts, autopsy photos, crime scene videos, prison diaries, Facebook pages and interviews with the key players for the prosecution and the defense in Perugia.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Norris on 6 Mar 2014
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Im always dubious of authors who choose to self promote themselves as 'award winning', Amanda Knox funnily also does the same.

Onto the book itself; from the outset it was poorly written and she chooses to ignore the evidence, or give a non-bias opinion. This makes her book no more than fiction. However, it also lacks somewhat fictionally, making her book no more than toilet paper.

Onto its use as toilet paper; I usually opt for a 4 ply toilet paper, as it offers a softness to my buttocks that 3 and 2 ply just can't achieve. I firstly tried to use this book to wipe my soiled anus, 1 page at a time, with not very promising results. To make this a fair test, I then doubled, trebled and quadrupled the pages with separate wipes, again, all failed owing to the harshness of the paper. Ive been left with severely scarred anus skin due to this book! For the last 3 weeks, I've been having to gently dab my abused starfish with a sudocrem/tea tree oil mix. Candace has a lot to answer for!!

In the end this book failed at being a book, failed at being toilet paper and failed at being kindling for my fire! What was the point!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EG on 13 April 2014
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I'm not sure that a book on this case should have been written so early on, but I am sure that Candace Dempsey was not the person to write about it.

She is close to the family of Amanda Knox and has for many years now been an apologist and advocate for Knox and Sollecito.

"... medieval buildings as atmospheric as those from an Edgar Allen Poe horror tale" seems like a bad metaphor to me, and is an indication of the quality of Dempsey's writing.

She tries too hard to present Amanda Knox in a positive light--in fact, making her into something she never was and constantly interpreting the evidence against her and Sollecito in their favour.

All this while at the same time being less than respectful to the memory of Meredith Kercher.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary M on 6 July 2012
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This is the first book I have read on this tragic event having avidly followed the press accounts of the unfolding story. From these I think my opinion was that Knox was 'as guilty as hell'. From the very start of this book it is clear that this is not the view of the author who for me lays out a fairly plausible defense of Knox.

Even if you don't go along with Dempsey's thesis this is a gripping read (better than any fiction) which is difficult to put down. I would recommend it as a good read but, in my view, it is clearly intended to please an American audience.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 24 April 2013
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I would like to start by saying that I came to this book with an open mind. I do not have any certainties on the infamous case, and I have been reading both books that believe Knox and Sollecito are innocent and books that argue they are guilty trying to make up my mind only after listening to both sides. My negative reaction to this work has not been determined by a preconceived opinion, but by the fact that it is written and researched in a terrible way. Dempsey is so partisan in her arguing that she ends up harming her own case.

Among others:

1) the author repeats several times that the police were disrespectful or morbid in immediately pursuing sexual leads into the motive for murder, despite the fact that this would be standard practice in any case in which the victim had been found naked and there was a suspicion of sexual violence;

2) she is inaccurate in her research on the case, misspelling numerous Italian words and names (Fiametta for Fiammetta, Carla for Carlo, actually changing a lawyer's gender, getting Italian translations and terms wrong), and most clamorously getting the time of the victim's last meal wrong;

3) she distorts what the courts ruled, giving her readers the wrong impression: while Knox's request for house arrest was denied because, as a foreigner, she was deemed a flight risk (again, standard practice) Dempsey suggest this happened 'because of anti-Americanism'.

4) the author pursues convincing lines of reasoning only to drop them and contradict herself when they do not suit her argument. Notably:

- Dempsey correctly underlines that before Ms Kercher's body was found, one of her Italian roommates, whose room window had been broken, visited her room and checked if her belongings were still there.
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25 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dr. C. D. Connaughton on 13 Feb 2011
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This is an essential book for anyone interested in the case. It is easy to read, interesting, well written, and extremely well informed. It reads like a novel but there is no hint of fiction. The reader is apprised of detailed knowledge of the events at close quarters, especially with regard to Amanda. Also the reader begins to feel that she or he knows the protoganists as real people.

One learns of pertinent facts relating to the events, and the context of those events, which throws a different light from that applied by the news media. The narrative starts when Amanda travels to Europe up to a considerable time after the the verdict is announced. Abundant background information is presented where it is relevant or interesting.

The author's position is balanced. This does not mean that the reader comes away unsure about whether the verdict was correct. Since the guilty verdict was wrong, and clearly so to anyone who looks at the case impartially, the reader is made more aware of the details of this astonishing miscarriage of justice and how it came about.

There is also a 'time line' at the end of the book giving a chronology of the main events.

This is a first class piece of work and it rightly deserves the awards it has won.
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