The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

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By (author) Philip Carlo

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  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 34mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1845962125
  • ISBN 13: 9781845962128
  • Illustrations note: 1 x 8pp colour & b/w
  • Sales rank: 391,827

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Top Mafia hit man. Doting father. For 30 years, 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 neighbourhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Kuklinski was Sammy 'the Bull' Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano at Sparks Steak House. John Gotti hired him to kill the neighbour who accidentally ran over his child. He was also intimately involved in the killing of Jimmy Hoffa. He conducted this sadistic business with cold-hearted intensity, never disappointing his customers. For an additional price, he would make his victims suffer. By his own estimate, he killed over 200 men, taking enormous pride in his cunning and the ferocity of his technique. Philip Carlo spent hundreds of hours with Kuklinski, his wife and his daughters, as well as with police and underworld sources. This research has resulted in an intimate and definitive portrait of a killer in the groundbreaking tradition of Peter Maas's bestselling biography of Sammy the Bull, Underboss, or Nicholas Pileggi's Wiseguy.

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Philip Carlo was one of the world's foremost experts on serial killers and was the author of a number of other true-crime books, including the New York Times bestseller The Night Stalker, and Stolen Flower, in which he controversially investigated organised paedophile groups. He died in November 2010.

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By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"I read this after reading excerpts from a national paper.I can honestly say i couldn't put this book down until i read it.While familiar with some of the crimes of Kuklinski,there were others which left me questioning there authenticity.(The whole rats saga and the Roy DeMeo hits for 1).Kuklinski was a known fantasist according to authorities, and after reading this its kinda easy to see why!The book just went from 1 hit to the next, to the next, always trying to outdo the last.Still enjoyed it though,but don't take it all in as fact.."

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Carlo (The Night Stalker) has written another captivating true-crime book. This one tells the spine-chilling story of Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. "the Ice Man"-because he liked to freeze his victims to throw off forensic investigators. Born into an abusive family, Kuklinski claimed to have killed for the first time at age 14. After a run-in with the Gambino family, he became a hit man for the mob, managing to live the double life of a professional assassin and devoted family man. The author spent over 200 hours interviewing the incarcerated Kuklinski and his family. If one is to believe Kuklinski, he killed upward of 200 individuals, including Jimmy Hoffa, Carmine Galante, and Roy DeMeo. It was only through the diligent work of New Jersey police officer Pat Kane, who spent six years building a case against Kuklinski, that the killing spree ended. This work is written like a novel; readers will become so engrossed in the details that they'll forget that this is a true story. Highly recommended for readers of true crime; perhaps the finished version of this book will provide the update that Kuklinski died on March 5, 2006, at age 70 of natural causes.-- Michael Sawyer, Rangeview Lib. District, Thornton, CO (Library Journal)