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Matteo Strukul reminds me of Duane Swierczynski and Quentin Tarantino, which is a very fine combination: he’s the name to watch in Italian crime fiction. In fact, he's the name to watch internationally.
The Monster of Florence, also known as Il Mostro or Il Mostro di Firenze, is an epithet commonly used for the perpetrator, or perpetrators, of 16 murders, nearly all of them couples, that took place between 1968 and 1985 in the province of Florence, Italy.
Matteo Strukul has a brilliant style and a rare imagination. I heartily welcome him
to the God-cursed and Devil-blessed brotherhood of mad novelists!
With Matteo Strukul pulp fiction starts a new, wonderful season. New ideas, a “beyond the genre” style, powerful injections of reality and a new, really fascinating, feminine character. The Mila Saga has begun. Finally. We have been waiting for it for a long time!
The sensational story of Amanda Knox has spawned books that declare her guilt and proclaim her innocence.
Smith has a powerful voice and delivers quite a romp.
Victor Gischler just became one of my favorites. His books and stories are killer. Cold as dry ice, clever and funny. Man, this guy has it going on.
Big Stupid does what it’s supposed to. It’s a fast, sexy, violent, wisecracking tale that can be read in one sitting. But Victor Gischler also adds a lot of heart to the story. The final sequence, as the characters race to settle things against the approach of a hurricane, is concisely and brilliantly rendered. And the ending stunned me, ringing in my head for a quite a while after I’d set the book down. 4.5, really.
The future is assured. The future is Anthony Neil Smith. Let the devil rejoice.
Those passionate about true crime stories will certainly appreciate the analysis of the murders of the Monster of Florence. Brunoro and Pezzan write about everything, from Vincenzo Spalletti to the Sardinian Lead, from Pietro Pacciani to the picnicking friends, and finally from the esoteric theory to the Narducci story. A wonderful map to find your way through a deep mystery.
When you read Matteo Strukul, wear something washable. The action is non-stop, and the blood flies off the page.
A must read guaranteed to give newbies a clear and complete understanding of the Monster's murders and of the various investigative theories. The book could also be a great reference for “experts” who believe they know everything on the subject, as it uncovers valuable clues and revelations about the murders and the investigations.