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The Monster of Florence Paperback – 25 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446581275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446581271
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,758,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The only thing that stops it being the perfect crime novel is that there's no resolution... There have been many books published on the subject before... but this new book is one of the best... a gripping read" (Tobias Jones, Observer)

"Compulsive reading" (Sunday Times)

"This is a book that anybody who enjoys crime and horror stories should read" (Evening Standard, Book of the Week)

"A rattling good story" (Daily Telegraph)

"A gripping read" (The Times) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'The fascinating story unfolds with memorable characters and dizzying plot twists that could come off as far-fetched if the book was fictional ... the two collaborators skillfully weave the narratives back and forth to create, at times, a razor's edge of tension' --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Recommended. An engrossing read and much more than just the story of a serial killer dealing with the bungling and corruption leading to the case against Amanda Knox. Exhaustive research and well written. 5* for the book although it would benefit from the inclusion of photographs.

However, 0* for Amazon service. This book was sent with others in damaged packaging in a damaged and filthy state. It also smelt like it had been standing in a second hand bookshop for some years. A complaint to Amazon has not produced a reply.
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I scintillating and engrossing read. I could not believe the ineptitude and stupidity of the Italian police. How the case enfolds and the ramifications that follow seem hard to believe, no wonder it is being made into a film. As the cliche says, fact truely is stranger than fiction.
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I haven't finised the book yet, but it;s an illuminating look at theincerdible inefficiency and coruption of the Italian police and their political masters. I'm looking forward to finishing the book.
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Great value for money. In excellent condition.
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Absolutely scary!
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Fascinating story - bought it on Audible and can't stop listening. Every waking hour is being consumed by this tale.

I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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Found this book disconcerting .We know about Italy's justice system but the outcome is unbelievable. Only three stars because I'm not sure whether I've just read the book of the book of the Monster of Florence.
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For many people and certainly not just Italians, Florence is the centre of Italy. It brought us the Renaissance, the powerful landed families who created commerce so widely and, of course, it brought the now familiar Italian language.

Deep in its beautiful countryside, it also brought us the Monster of Florence, a serial killer on the loose since the sixties and the multiple killer of at least 16 young people.

The two authors were intrigued enough to try to investigate each murder and to learn the identity of the killer. That they, too, like several other local men, finished up in prison accused of - more or less - being the Monstro or, at worst, aiding and abetting him whilst hindering the investigation, shows only too well how utterly beffuddled were the Italian authorities. (It indicates the general attitude of the authorities that, even as certain suspects were in prison accused of these crimes, the killings continued - but the initial suspects were not released until much later!)

The book is very well researched and the authors have created a thorough investigation which reads well - certainly well enough for the reader to want to learn whodunnit. Alas and it's no secret, the case continues though the killings have stopped.

The truth is out there but it would seem that is where it will stay. Regrettably, some of those incompetent authorities are still in office and it does not auger well for the outcome of a very well publicized killing in that area recently, that one of the leading men is in charge of that procedural investigation.

The Monster of Florence could well be dead now. Certainly the killings stopped at a time when one likely suspect was released without trial for that crime and has since disappeared.
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