this book shows how a catholic cop with an attitude took this hero off the streets. the life story of Richard is very detailed and tells why he did what he did. The children he saved from sick sadistic scum bags! The rats he kept fed in the name of street justice. he disposed of Rapist of young kids, drug dealers, bad criminals, etc. All this from a loving family man and decon of his church. shows how the police and one of Richards so called friends did the set up to bust him. How the media drama as they do today, can make a good thing into bad drama. a crooked court room, and set him up for multiple life sentences from hear say of criminals and a female crack head. it is a must have book!!!!!!!
Pretty incredible story. What's worse? It's true...the Ice Man was the most prolific and cold blooded killer of our time. The interviews at the end of the book are worth the book itself.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
and the first few chapters held my interest but this guy isn't worth 19 hours
A rather despicable human being raised my morbid curiosity but it was satisfied early
and I won't be going back for more.
Oh well it was on sale
Like some of the other reviewers, I was disappointed by the credibility of this supposed biography.
This book was highly entertaining, and the violence in it was sensational and shocking. The author did a good job building the characters and making you empathize with them, and as a listener, I felt immersed in the story.
However, it seems as though the author listened to the ramblings of Kuklinski while in prison, embellished them, and then presented them as fact. I will refrain from any specifics so that I don't ruin the book for those who haven't read it, but some of the stories are absurd and most of them are unverifiable.
I've listen to lots of Books on here. Many times I'd be in the middle of something and I'd miss something and not bother to rewind what I've missed. NOT WITH THIS!!! I listened to everything over and over to make sure I got it all. Totally Mesmorized. I love love loved it!
No doubt, the story is fascinating. If you are looking for a mafia novel to read, this will be 10 times better. But, sadly, Carlo offers almost no critical analysis of the stories he is told from Kuklinski. Even if you have no external information about the events, there are major internal inconsistencies in the story as told. I'm not saying Carlo needs to resolve them, but his lack of even acknowledging the inconsistencies significantly challenges the work's credibility. Further, Carlo doesn't even make an effort at acknowledging the many versions of these events told by other people which are quite different. It would be fine for Carlo to attempt to argue that other versions are wrong and this is a more accurate portrayal, but to not even acknowledge that other people claim these events happened differently is a major flaw.
After the book ends, there is an audio recording of some interviews with Kuklinski. This is a great add-on because, by the time you get to the end, you are fascinated with this guy and want to understand him better. But, even in these short interviews, Kuklinski himself contradicts things that he said to Carlo in interviews reported in the book. I don't even care so much which version, if any, is correct, but I felt that it was a great loss to not explore what it meant that Kuklinski was telling contradictory versions of events to the author.
This book is worth the credit and time to listen if you are interested in some good crime stories, but it leaves way too many open questions to provide a helpful insight into either Kuklinski himself or the mafia generally.
I just finished part 1, and that's it for me. There are so many things wrong with this book, I hardly know where to begin. The writing is extremely clunky, and the author never met a cliche he didn't embrace. "Dead as a doorknob," "ugly as sin," so many more. And so many parts are mind-numbing laundry lists of people he killed. And repetitive. How many times does he have to tell us that Kuklinski hated his mother and thought she was a slut? But the most offensive thing to me is that the author doesn't give corroborating evidence to a single one of the murders. He was the hit man that the mafia hired to kill Paul Castellano? Really? Even though he wasn't Italian and therefore couldn't join the Mafia? Unbelievable!