In 2000, bestselling author Douglas Preston fulfilled a lifelong dream when he moved with his family to a villa in Italy. But after settling in an idyllic village just outside Florence, he discovered that the olive grove in front of his family’s new home had been the scene of one of the most infamous killings by the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, met Italian journalist Mario Spezi, who has followed the case since the first murders in 1974, to learn more.
Fascinated by the tale, Preston began to work with Spezi on the case. Here is the true story of their search to uncover and confront the man they believe is the Monster. In an ironic twist of fate that echoes the dark traditions of the cityâ€™s bloody history, Preston and Spezi themselves became targets of a bizarre police investigation.
With the gripping suspense of Prestonâ€™s novels, The Monster of Florence is a remarkable and harrowing chronicle of murder, mutilation, vengeance and ruined lives â€“ with Preston and Spezi caught in the middle.