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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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    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 2007
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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!!!

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    James Beaverton, OR, United States 11-20-06
    James Beaverton, OR, United States 11-20-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Was Ok, Not great"

    This book was interesting sometimes a bit grusome but I think could have been shorter without losing much of the story, I started to get a little bored near the end. It also includes a live interview with the iceman at the end of the book

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    Richard Colorado Springs, CO, USA 11-11-06
    Richard Colorado Springs, CO, USA 11-11-06
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    "The Ice Man-A Chilling Story"

    The inner workings of the Mafia and the details of the Ice Man's killings revealed in this story just how heartless and disturbed a hit man can be. Interesting and compelling reading.

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    Steve Salisbury, MD, USA 05-15-10
    Steve Salisbury, MD, USA 05-15-10
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    "Great Book"

    Highly recommended. Good narrator.

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    Steven Louisville, KY, United States 04-13-10
    Steven Louisville, KY, United States 04-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "The Ice Man"

    Great Book - I've listend to it three times already.

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    CT Chase 12-28-09
    CT Chase 12-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "VIOLENT"

    Too Graphic for me.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 09-08-07
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 09-08-07 Member Since 2002
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    "a really bad dude"

    Philip Carlo assembled some terrific research to give us a very up-close look at this killer. Combined with the fine narration of Michael Prichard, the story is riviting.
    At the end of the book is an audio interview with Ice Man, which I found not at all interesting.

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