I don't read much true crime stuff. Frequently it is poorly written, sensationalized crap, with vague insinuations if the case was unsolved and almost always comes off as the writer trying to make some money off a tragedy. I guess that is why when i do read books in this genre they are usually historical, like last year when i read The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. I'm fond of Jack the Ripper books too. So i was a little wary of reading The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi. What pushed me over to reading it is that Preston is a bestselling author, so i didn't figure he'd be pushing a bad story or writing it just for the cash.

I liked it. Spezi is an Italian journalist who's been covering the case so he has a wealth of information. The Monster killed couples in Italy between 1968 and 1985. the main bulk of the murders occured after 1974, when Spezi covered them for his newspaper. The case and clues are strange, twisty and complex. It's really difficult to describe! The book doesn't feel sensationalized at all; Preston and Spezi seem particularly careful to honor the victims, both of the killer directly and of the Italian justice system that destroys so many lives in the course of the book. overall, i give it a 5.

Ok, one more challenge. The Chunkster Challenge is one that I would end up doing kinda anyway. I read lots of books and plenty of decently long ones. I'm going to pick the second option,
Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? Pretty funny stuff. So i'm going to be sure to post about 3-5 big ass books!


  1. It sounds good, I have never heard of the Monster. Hmm.


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