The definitive account of the murder of British student, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia - the shocking case that appalled the world.
Shortly after 1 pm on 2 November 2007, two police officers entered the home of the 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in the picturesque Italian town of Perugia. Inside, Kercher s half-naked body lay on the floor under a beige quilt. Her throat had been slashed.
A week later, the prosecutor jailed Kercher s housemate Amanda Knox, a beautiful, star college student from Seattle, and Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian boyfriend. Later he also jailed Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter. The prosecutor accused them of sexually abusing then murdering Kercher in a perverse, drug-fuelled sex game.
The family of Amanda Knox describes her as a wholesome girl-next-door. The media labelled her Foxy Knoxy , a man-eating cold-blooded murderess. So who is the real Amanda Knox, and is she a killer?
This is the unrivalled account of an investigation and trial full of astonishing twists and turns, based on access to the complete, 10,000 page files of the judicial and police probe including Knox s diary, as well as exclusive interviews with investigators, lawyers, and family and friends of the accused and of the victim. John Follain seeks to answer the questions who killed Meredith, how, and why?
A gripping read: a balanced, detailed account that allows the reader to respond to the central question: did they or didn't they?... It's hard to imagine there will be a better book on the subject. - Tobias Jones, The Observer
an excellent account of the tragedy and the very Italian drama that followed. - Stephen Robinson, The Sunday Times - a Sunday Times 'MUST READ'
In a case as familiar as this has become, it is surprising to go over it from the start ... (DEATH IN PERUGIA) does a good job of reminding us that amid the reams of print and reel are human lives; some innocent and some guilty, but all irreparably disfigured by this horribly sad story. - Ed Cumming, The Daily Telegraph
I've been absorbed all week by ... the enthralling, soon to be best seller, I'm sure, DEATH IN PERUGIA. - Paul Holmes, The New Zealand Herald
A fascinating book. - Ray D'Arcy, Today FM, Dublin
A hot-off-the press account of the riveting murder trial of American student Amanda Knox, accused with her boyfriend and a drifter of killing her flatmate Meredith Kercher. - The Newcastle Herald
I was very much in the grip of this book. For two days I didn't switch on the TV ... Follain's account will trouble you for days. - William Leith, The Evening Standard
Follain's impartiality works beautifully ... Follain always manages to bring humanity to the book in between the gory detail. - Tim Ellis, www.suite101.com, Vancouver
John Follain was born in 1966. He studied at Oxford before joining Reuters, for which he worked as a correspondent in Rome and Paris. He has covered Italy for The Sunday Times since 1998. His previous books include DEATH IN PERUGIA, THE LAST GODFATHERS, which was translated into 10 languages, MUSSOLINI'S ISLAND and the international bestseller ZOYA'S STORY. He was voted runner-up for the 2006 Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, and nominated for the 2008 Magazine Journalism Awards for his interview with the Knox family.