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    DescriptionWritten by the bestselling author of The Ice Man, The Butcher is a gripping and disturbing fly-on-the-wall account of the US Drug Enforcement Administration's four-year hunt to bring down Tommy 'Karate' Pitera, a drug-dealing, murderous capo in the Bonanno crime family. Born in 1954 and raised in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Pitera was a thin boy who was bullied as a result of his feminine voice. As a teenager, he became obsessed with martial arts and with a religious fervour began studying karate to protect himself. After winning a tournament, he travelled to Japan, where he trained for three years under one of the country's foremost martial arts experts. When he returned home in 1974, Pitera was a very different man. Quiet and introspective, sullen and aloof, he had developed his body into a fighting machine. He began associating with gangsters from the Bonanno family and was soon dealing drugs on a huge scale, while simultaneously embarking on a killing spree that spanned almost two decades. In 1992, Pitera was sentenced to life in prison for murdering six people and supporting a massive drug-dealing operation, yet this covered only a fraction of the crimes he committed. Pitera is thought to have murdered more than 60 people, cutting many of his victims into pieces before burying them on Staten Island. Exhaustively researched and written with the cooperation of the DEA agents who hunted Pitera down, The Butcher is the perfect good-versus-evil story and will send shivers down the spine of even the most hardened true-crime reader.

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    The Butcher
    Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Philip Carlo
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 453 g
    ISBN 13: 9781845965075
    ISBN 10: 1845965078

    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    DC22: 364.1523092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO024000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: TRU003000
    Thema V1.0: DNXC
    Illustrations note
    1 x 8pp colour
    Mainstream Publishing
    Imprint name
    Mainstream Publishing
    Publication date
    04 June 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Philip Carlo was the bestselling author of The Ice Man, The Night Stalker, Gaspipe and The Killer Within. He lived in New York until his death in November 2010.
    Review quote
    "Mafia master Carlo is the unrivalled king of true crime writing. He examines Pitera's psyche with forensic scrutiny but stops short of glamorising his subject. Grisly and grusome, Scorcese should definitely buy up the movie rights" News of the World "Engrossing and chilling ... a fast-moving and morbidly fascinating story" Booklist