The Ice Man

The Ice Man

Confessions of A Mafia Contract Killer

Book - 2006
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Philip Carlo's The Ice Man spent over six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Top Mob Hitman . Devoted Family Man. Doting Father. For thirty years, Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski led a shocking double life, becoming the most notorious professional assassin in American history while happily hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey.

Richard Kuklinski was Sammy the Bull Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, then head of the Gambino crime family, at Sparks Steakhouse. Mob boss John Gotti hired him to torture and kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, Kuklinski would make his victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with coldhearted intensity and shocking efficiency, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.

This trail of murder lasted over thirty years and took Kuklinski all over America and to the far corners of the earth, Brazil, Africa, and Europe. Along the way, he married, had three children, and put them through Catholic school. His daughter's medical condition meant regular stays in children's hospitals, where Kuklinski was remembered, not as a gangster, but as an affectionate father, extremely kind to children. Each Christmas found the Kuklinski home festooned in colorful lights; each summer was a succession of block parties.

His family never suspected a thing.

Richard Kuklinski is now the subject of the major motion picture titled "The Iceman"(2013), starring James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, and Chris Evans.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780312938840
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 KUK CAR
Characteristics: xvii, 410 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 31, 2015

This was a captivating book, written as a chronicle. It's not for everybody, but if you have an interest in organized crime and how it's members live, you cannot put the book down.

Dec 02, 2013

A true tale of the devil in disguise!Too bad he wasn't incarcerated earlier!

q22 Dec 31, 2011

This book made me think about how different life is for other people especially people who kill other people . It made me think how easily it may have been very different for me or anyone, with a few changes to the environment of the early years. And finally, it made me alot more careful around the people you see everyday - in cars, stores and on the street. For some of them, I'm very careful not to do anything that might piss them off.

May 28, 2011

I think he killed my cat!!!!

Sep 02, 2009

Philip Carlo's writing reads like fiction, which is great in this biography of mafia contract killer, Richard Kuklinski. While the level of everyday detail leads the reader to wonder how much of it is actual fact and how much of it is embellished for the reader's experience-- can you really remember every dish that was served for Christmas in 1971 -- it is nevertheless an intriguing voyage into the mafia world. A violent read with a shocking afterword. One of Carlo's best.

Oct 09, 2008

he killed 400 people including Hoffa?

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