I was addicted the moment I picked up this book! Even though it's a true story, it reads like a fictional thriller...maybe because a lot of the circumstances in the story are so shocking that it's sometimes hard to remember that it's true and not some crazy plot invented by some author! The book itself is well-written and Preston keeps the story fast-paced, revealing insights to the many surprising twists and turns during this 30+ year investigation. I really enjoyed reading the short snippets of Italian history and the Renaissance. I was completely shocked to discover the corrupt state of parts of the Italian judiciary/legal system.