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.
"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)
A real life horror story that could have been written better as the author is repetative and the narrator reads the story as if he is reading instructions.
Great book (I have listened to the whole book twice). Learn how a killers mind works.
Philip Carlo vividly tells the story of how the Ice Man killed people in various ways.
Carlo does a good job showing the personalities of the killers family
I really liked the narrator in that he sounded like a 1950's scold. To those who say it is over-written, I say that that's part of the fun!
This is pure crap, if you want a good mafia listen check out - I hear you paint houses.
Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)
I enjoyed every minute of the book. Carlo tells the story in vivid detail, with an objective POV. The narration is good. The story would be unbelievable, if it wasn't true. Absolutely worth the time and money.
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.
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.
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.
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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