Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Book Review: The Monster of Florence

With The Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi take the genre of True Crime to an entirely new level. In fact, they take the genre to a new genre. Meta-True-Crime, perhaps? If there is a Fourth Wall for non-fiction, this book smashes right through it. In fiction the Fourth Wall is what separates the viewer from the viewed. It is what keeps the story from being aware of itself and its audience. Occasionally an artist will knowingly push through this barrier for dramatic effect. Players on a stage…