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)
Narration top notch! The storyline is excellent. Do not be put off by language later in the book, it is necessary to the account. Don't miss this one, Best since Shadow Divers for holding your attention.
Although morbidly interesting, I'm unable to continue listening to this book. Every chapter is virtually identical: man beats wife, man gets contract to kill, man kills... there's really no variation or surprise to the story & i've gotten to the point at which i don't really care what happens in the end.
Not believable. I usually enjoy true crime books but this book sounds made up and not very well. I feel like the charactors are stereotypes of Mafia or "bad guys". Even the wife sounds like she is making up the abusive courtship and marriage to the main charactor. If I am wrong about the abuse I apologize but just didn't sound believable. I felt like I was listening to a very bad Mickey Spillane novel.
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.
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