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The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer | [Philip Carlo]

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.
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Publisher's Summary

Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

Kuklinski was Sammy "The Bull" Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano at Spark's Steakhouse. John Gotti hired him to kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, he would make victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with cold-hearted intensity, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over 200 men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.

Kuklinski's story, once known, captivated the public and became the subject of three HBO documentaries about which the New York Times raved, "Few viewers are ever likely to forget this thoroughly chilling portrait. As for possible movie competition, it would work on the level of The Silence of the Lambs."

©2006 Philip Carlo; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Good as an omnibus resource on Kuklinski, this is a fine entry in the burgeoning field of works tracing the decline of the traditional organized crime families and their once impenetrable structures." (Booklist)

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    Bob perris, CA, USA 07-04-10
    Bob perris, CA, USA 07-04-10
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    "Great Book"

    This book is written with every detail, nice work

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    Allan Scarborough, ON, Canada 06-26-10
    Allan Scarborough, ON, Canada 06-26-10 Member Since 2012
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    "The Real Deal"

    You will probably not like what this guy did but he is the real deal. If you want to know what ticks in the mind of a murderer than this is the guy to read about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael port saint lucie, FL, USA 04-13-09
    Michael port saint lucie, FL, USA 04-13-09
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    "wow"

    If you like true crime this is an awesome read. Growing up in NJ, i could identify with many landmarks and i was there when this madman was on the loose!! This is a sad and ironic story- you can almost identify with the killer. A must read if you like the sadistic side.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Benedict Midwest, USA 02-16-09
    T. Benedict Midwest, USA 02-16-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Chilling as well as captivating"

    This book is not for the faint of heart. Richard Kuklinski is indeed an Iceman; a cold blooded psychopath with no regard for human suffering.
    Minor literary repetitions didn't distract from the story for me like some reviewers. I found myself listening at home as well as my car. Usually I only listen in my car if that's any indication of what a gripping tale it is.

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    J 10-26-08
    J 10-26-08
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    "Great insight into the mind of a killer"

    It's an amazing look into the mind of a sociopath. I actually felt sorry for the guy at one point in the book. Nurture vs Nature. This guy could have been a great man had he had the proper upbringing. It's tragic how parents can affect the life of a child. RIP Richard the nice man Kuklinsky

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    Micheal Saint Louis, MO, USA 09-05-08
    Micheal Saint Louis, MO, USA 09-05-08
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    "Good Listen"

    It was amazing to see inside the mind fo this monster. I found the book interesting and could not wait to sit down to listen. This is not for the weak of heart.

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    Stephen Somerset, OH, United States 06-28-08
    Stephen Somerset, OH, United States 06-28-08 Member Since 2001
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    "The Ice Man"

    Not for the Squeamish but a good read. Its hard to believe that this really happened. It kept my attention through the entire 19 hours.

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    Timothy Sussex, WI, USA 10-04-07
    Timothy Sussex, WI, USA 10-04-07
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    "Gripping"

    Well worth your time

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    Carol Canyon Lake, CA, USA 08-30-07
    Carol Canyon Lake, CA, USA 08-30-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Redundent"

    This story has to be the most redundent and amateurish book I have ever read (listened to). Either the author is completely incompetent, or the individuals interviewed kept making the exact same statement to every question asked. Every comment or "story" was almost identical word for word. Just listen to one paragraph from this book, and just repeat it over and over for 18 hours, and that is Philip Carlo's book. Don't waste your momey.

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    Troy Kansas City, MO, USA 07-31-07
    Troy Kansas City, MO, USA 07-31-07 Member Since 2012
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    "insane!!!"

    Ilove this book! It would not let me go! This is the most shocking, suspensefull book I have ever read. Its hard for me to imagine someone like this could be real. This family man, this seemingly normal joe turns out to be the most prolific serial killer of all time!! He was a product of his childhood, and you actually kinda feel for him throughout his twisted, murderous story...ENJOY!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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