The Monster of Florence (Revised)


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Grand Central Publishing
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5.2 X 1.1 X 8.0 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child stand head and shoulders above their rivals (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's famed Pendergast series includes the novels Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities, both chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written. Relic was also adapted into a number-one box office hit movie. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for The New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm. Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly strangely entertaining note from the authors at their website The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.


"A dark and fascinating descent into a landscape of horror that deserves to be shelved between In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."--Brad Thomas Parsons, Amazon's Best of the Month-June 2008
"This bit of real-life Florence bloodletting makes you sweat and think, and presses relentlessly on the nerves."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The co-authors expertly and entertainingly guide the reader though an epic, colorful cast of characters and the stranger-than-fiction machinations of a Byzantine Italian judicial system."--Washington Post
"Preston's account of the crimes is lucid and mesmerizing."--TIME Magazine
"Remarkable true-crime story...passionately describes the investigations gone wrong....Preston knows how to load his storytelling with intriguing evidence and damning details. His feverish style keeps the reader turning with the hope of uncovering the killer's identity. In the book's most chilling moment, Preston and Spezi come face-to-face with their most likely suspect."--USA Today
"As taut and tense as any of the author's bestselling thrillers...fascinating, stomach-churning...nerve-tingling action and vivid writing...The Monster of Florence is a gripping tale, filled with shocking crimes, boldly drawn characters, and the careening suspense of the ultimate whodunit."--Dallas Morning News
"An exquisite nonfiction page-turner."--Time Out New York
"One of the most fascinating criminal cases in recent memo--New Orleans Times-Picayune
"A dark and fascinating landscape of horror that deserves to the shelved between In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."--Bookviews101
"The writing is evocative, and the two collaborators skillfully weave the narratives back and forth to create, at times, a razor's edge of tension."--Chicago Tribune
"A gripping tale."--Denver Post
"One of the best true-crime mysteries I've ever read... Nonfiction doesn't get any better than this."--Kansas City Star
"A most unconventional thriller, a real life murder mystery in which the authors become the suspects... Fascinating."--Associated Press
"A riveting true story involving murder, suicide, rumor, poisoning, body parts sent by mail, prosecutorial vendettas, and even satanic sects."--Tucson Citizen
"Tightly calibrated suspense."--Entertainment Weekly
"A propulsive account."--Los Angeles Times
Named by USA Today as a Top True-Crime Book of All Time