Grand Central Publishing
On Sale: June 10, 2008
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In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt ("Midnight in
the Garden of Good and Evil") and Erik Larson ("The Devil
in the White City"), New York Times bestselling
author Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of
crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding
In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his
family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove
in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the
scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian
history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster
of Florence. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian
investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more. This
is the true story of their search for--and identification
of--the man they believe committed the crimes, and their
chilling interview with him. And then, in a strange twist
of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of
the police investigation. Preston has his phone tapped, is
interrogated, and told to leave the country. Spezi fares
worse: he is thrown into Italy's grim Capanne prison,
accused of being the Monster of Florence himself. Like one
of Preston's thrillers, The Monster Of Florence, tells a
remarkable and harrowing story involving murder,
mutilation, and suicide-and at the center of it, Preston
and Spezi, caught in a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta.
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