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A Death in Italy

A Death in Italy

The Definitive Account of the Amanda Knox Case

John Follain

St. Martin's True Crime



Mass Market Paperbound


John Follain

London Times journalist John Follain presents the most comprehensive account of the most publicized and controversial trial in a decade

Shortly after 12:30pm on November 2, 2007, Italian police were called to the Perugia home of twenty-one-year-old British student Meredith Kercher. They found her body on the floor under a beige quilt. Her throat had been cut.

Four days later, the prosecutor jailed Meredith's roommate, American student Amanda Knox, and Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian boyfriend. He also jailed Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter. Four years later Knox and Sollecito were acquitted amid chaotic scenes in front of the world's media.

Uniquely based on four years of reporting and access to the complete case files, and hundreds of first hand interviews, Death in Italy takes readers on a riveting journey behind the scenes of the investigation, as John Follain shares the drama of the trials and appeal hearings he lived through.

Including exclusive interviews with Meredith's friends and other key sources, Death in Italy reveals how the Italian dream turned into a nightmare.


Death in Italy, A

Part 1
Path to Murder
Surrounded by hills in the heart of Umbria, a region known as Italy's 'green lung' for its unspoilt landscape, the beauty of Perugia has long attracted both tourists...


Praise for A Death in Italy

“John Follain gives a riveting account of the whole affair, from the murder and trial to the electrifying appeals-court decision. Along the way, he offers a vivid portrait of the woman at the center of it all. . . . If people are indeed guilty for the good they did not do, from all one can see, very few in Perugia connected to this trial were innocent.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Follain has drawn upon the transcripts of Knox's lengthy trial and hundreds of interviews to give what may be the definitive account of the case. It's an ugly, confusing story but one he relates with clarity, compassion and a wealth of fascinating detail … Follain's account of this saga is gripping.” —The Washington Post

“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.” —The Observer (UK)

“A ‘must read.' An excellent account of the tragedy and the very Italian drama that followed.” —The Sunday Times (UK)

“One of the most gripping court cases of recent times…[Follain's book] 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.” —The Daily Telegraph (UK)

“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.” —The Evening Standard (UK)

“A hot-off-the press account of the riveting murder trial.” —The Newcastle Herald (New South Wales)

“A careful, factual account of the case from the very beginning, complete with exhaustive interviews with key players, assiduous explanation of the complex details of the case, and a good understanding of the Italian judicial process.” —The Canberra Times (Australia)

In the Press

“The Definitive Account of the Amanda Knox Case” by John Follain, tells a story that, at its core, remains a mystery. - The Washington Post

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About the author

John Follain

JOHN FOLLAIN has covered Italy for The Sunday Times since 1998. His previous books include The Last Godfathers and Zoya's Story on an Afghan resistance fighter, which was translated into fourteen languages. 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.

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