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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Carlo Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story. 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 two hundred 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." Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Carlo effectively tells the life story of the family man who spent thirty years as a professional killer, while hosting barbecues in suburban New Jersey.”

    New York Post

  • “The spine-chilling story of Richard Kuklinski…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.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara Szczepaniak | 2/17/2014

    " couldn't put it down, but morbidly descriptive in details of what happened "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Duck | 2/15/2014

    " This book gives incredible insight into the mind of a mafia hitman who just may be one of the most prolific serial killers that you may have never heard of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robertos Joannides | 2/10/2014

    " This is an interesting book about a cold hearted assassin and if your into crime stories this is a great book as it gives great insight to both how he felt ,his family's issues and how he behaved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Greg | 2/5/2014

    " This book, or audiobook in my case, has been a very interesting read. Richard Kuklinski ranks quite high on my list of people who scare me to death. This man took brutally murdering people to a completely different level. Something that blew my mind multiple times throughout this book was Kuklinski's "morals". The same man who wouldn't think twice about killing someone, was also the same man who would protect children, and to a lesser extent women. Kuklinski's willingness to kill in the name of an abused child will always confuse my thoughts of him. He is undeniably one of the worst individuals in American history, but I found myself feeling horrible for him. This feeling stemmed mainly from the abuse that he suffered as a child. Although this isn't an excuse for what he has done, it isn't hard to tell why he turned out the way he did. My only real complaint with this book was the authors need to re-explain things that had been previously touched on. The constant reminders of how Kuklinski terrorized his family or how he wouldn't kill women or children became frustratingly obnoxious at times. Besides that minor complaint, I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. EDIT: I actually came back and downgraded this book from a 4-star to a 3-star. My reasoning behind this is because of its inaccuracies. After doing a little research I found that a lot of what Kuklinski claimed was absolute Bull***t. I still give it a 3-star, and may eventually change it back to a 4-star, because it was a very interesting and entertaining read. Kuklinski is still a psychopath, but not nearly as "impressive" as he or Philip Carlo claim. "

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