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The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer | [Anthony Bruno]

The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer

At home, Richard Kuklinski was a dedicated suburban family man; on the street, he was the Iceman, a professional hit man and lethal scam artist, a man so heartless he kept one of his victims frozen for over two years to disguise the time of death. His personal body count was over 100, but the police couldn’t touch him. Then undercover agent Dominick Polifrone posed as a mobster and began a deadly game of cat and mouse. The Iceman chronicles Kuklinski’s grisly career and exposes his murderous double life.
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Publisher's Summary

At home, Richard Kuklinski was a dedicated suburban family man; on the street, he was the Iceman, a professional hit man and lethal scam artist, a man so heartless he kept one of his victims frozen for over two years to disguise the time of death. His personal body count was over 100, but the police couldn’t touch him. Then undercover agent Dominick Polifrone posed as a mobster and began a deadly game of cat and mouse.

The Iceman chronicles Kuklinski’s grisly career and exposes his murderous double life.

Anthony Bruno, a crime writer, is the author of 11 crime fiction novels and four books of nonfiction true crime. His nonfiction work The Seekers: A Bounty Hunter's Story, was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2001 for best fact crime book. His novel Bad Apple was adapted for television in 2004.

©1993, 2008 Anthony Bruno (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Iceman chilleth! Not for the faint of heart but a rousing, riveting read. I read it in one (scary) gulp." (Jack Olson, author of I: The Creation of a Serial Killer)

"Bruno has done an excellent job of re-creating the tension and stress Polifrone experienced in fulfilling his risky undercover assignment." (Publishers Weekly)

"Smoothly written…Bruno puts his writing talents to white-knuckle use with a tight focus on a killer with no human feelings except toward his wife and three sons…. A fast-paced, suspenseful re-creation of how a vicious killer was run to ground.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    a_certain_regard 01-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Bronson Pinchot. A Masterful Narrator."
    Would you try another book from Anthony Bruno and/or Bronson Pinchot?

    Pinchot, definitely- bruno, probably not. I thought that this would be about the extensive interviews that the Iceman did. It isn't. The Iceman interviews are far more chilling because it is an in-depth glimpse into what makes the Iceman tick and how he could live such a double life.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    He has showcased once again what an incredible range of accents and line readings he has. Incredible! Gave me chills.


    Any additional comments?

    For fun, I'd highly suggest listening to Pinchot's narration on the life of Angelina Jolie- the levels of annoyance, boredom and disgust (listen to the passage wherein Jolie describes her love of Billy Bob Thornton's nether regions. I laugh every single time. Yet still, he manages to rise above the dreck of the memoir and add gravitas to it. Listen to it-you'll see.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 05-10-13
    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Pass on this. Narrow plot line, mildly interesting"

    Story was confusing in terms of all the bad guys. Very narrow plot line. Narrator was awesome however. Pass on this one.

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    Ken 08-08-14
    Ken 08-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, great narration!"
    If you could sum up The Iceman in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, Dark, Interesting


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrator does a great job of naturally changing his voice to reflect characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Ogdensburg, NY, United States 05-13-14
    Diane Ogdensburg, NY, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Evil Residing In Suburbia"
    What made the experience of listening to The Iceman the most enjoyable?

    The narrator caught and kept my attention. Hard to believe he once played a character named "Balki" on a sitcom.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    His variety of voices, tempo and timber, an excellent narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt disgust for the killer, sympathy for his abused family, and great admiration for the police officers that stopped the killing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book came out before the killer's filmed interviews and death. There is a lot more related information now available on the internet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Murphy New York City 07-10-13
    M. Murphy New York City 07-10-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Started out promising, but..."

    I really loved this book in the beginning, but soon realized the material the author had to work with was pretty thin and the book soon got very boring. It was a major disappointment when it got to the trial which was wrapped up in what seemed like minutes -- a real anticlimax. The narration was entertaining in the beginning, but the "goodfella" accents got really wearing after a while. Would not recommend to anyone.

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    Amazon Customer Dallas, TX, United States 01-22-13
    Amazon Customer Dallas, TX, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Disapointing... but not bad."
    What did you like best about The Iceman? What did you like least?

    I thought this book would be more from the perspective of subject of the book. More of a bio. It was almost all from the perspective of the police. Maybe 70 /30 split.


    Could you see The Iceman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    James Gandolfini


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    "Captivating Story, Poor Performance"

    This is the first time I have listened to a book that I have already read in 'hard copy'. Dont think I'll do that again.!! The story and factual portrayal is still riviting but the delivery is very weak. Its a shame that such an unbelieveable character is presented in such a limp way. The hard copy delivers the 'Ice Man' in such a cold and calculating way that you almost dont want to continue reading ! On a more positive note, if you havent read the hard copy first then the audio version would have a similar but , toned down impact, a good listen if you havent read it befor !!

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