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)
This audiobook is very, very graphic. It's a story that, as a father, I found to be so brutal that I may not ever listen to it again.
I shakes me deeply that a person like Richard Kuklinski ever walked this earth. His story is filled with such violence from the moment he entered this world that it was probably his destiny to be a merciless butcher.
The book is well written and narrated but you have been warned, it is utterly bleak and as close as you may ever want to come to staring in the face of souless killer.
If you love nonfiction books about real life
criminals, then this book is a great read. I
couldn't stop listening. The narrator made it
seem like you were right in the criminal's mind.
It's hard to believe how this guy got away with
so much before he was caught.
I found this book intriguing. Certainly, the subject may have stretched the facts of some stories, but I found it believable. It was interesting seeing life through the eyes of someone on the other side of the average American experience. Be aware, the language is strong, but not constant. I have only found a couple of places in the book that were slow for a short period. I highly recommend this book unless you are easily "grossed out".
In this volume, Philip Carol tells us more about Richard Kuklinski - a serial killer for the mob. This is a very entertaining book and, perhaps, will engage individuals tangentially interested in "true crime." After the first few chapters, Carlo's reporting became somewhat repetitive. How many times can he describe Kuklinkski's alledged mistreatment of his wife for example? How often can he tell the reader that Kuklinski was jealous of his son? I hoped for more insight into how a mob hit man thinks. On the other hand, this was a listen that reallly makes a long drive pass more quickly. There are surprises on every page. The narration of Micahel Prichard is excellent. If you are looking for insight, you might be disappointed. If you are interested in being entertained, this audio book just might do it for you.
i've seen all the iceman interviews on HBO - super fascinated by this guy, however this book...seriously!?
they have a scene where richard is describing torturing some guy who he thinks gave up info on where a truck of goods was stored. per the book he burned the guys foot until they saw bone - the tortured guy denies everything...then they move onto his testicles - they get destroyed STILL NOTHING but all of a sudden when they head towards his penis, then this guy gives it up?! i don't buy it for a second.
Anyhow - for me, this seemed like a complete exaggeration of his life and crimes.
The narrator has the enthusiasm and interest of a person reading tax code. He almost wheezes in between long sentences.
I am fascinated by Kuklinski. Normally I would hang on every word but this book is so poorly read I couldn't wait for it to be over.
Anyone would be an upgrade.
I don't think the problem is with the book, I just think it was poorly read.
Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️
Psychopaths are complicated
Probably would not recommend this book without disclaimers of the disturbing details in the book. I had to skip through whole sections that were too graphic to listen to.
He did a great job of voice changes for different characters.
That society creates these monsters who live amongst us and can blend in to the framework of family, church, etc.
This book was a bit hard to follow at times but overall very well done.
Too long, too boring, and too self-serving. It had its moments but I couldn't even make it to the second part.
This book was a little difficult to listen to. Not because of the writing or the narrator but because of the actions of the "Ice Man". I listened to this book almost a year ago and I still can not get parts of it out of my mind. This book is definatley not for children in my opinion. This book is not for the soft hearted either.
Educator in Trumbull County,Ohio
After the first few hours . . . it became all the same. Certainly did not warrant 19 hours.
Can't imagine why this was HBO material. The gore he described could not have been easy to hear on national TV
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