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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (50 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Carlo Narrator: Kent Bateman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In researching his acclaimed true-crime books, Philip Carlo interviewed some of the most infamous criminals and killers of our times in prisons and on death rows throughout the country. He was able to forge trusting relationships with his subjects, enabling him to extract the facts behind their monstrous acts and identify what motivated them to commit their horrific crimes.

Carlo’s investigative achievements are remarkable, but what wasn’t known to his readers is that, while working on The Ice Man, he learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal illness that causes all of the muscles in the body to atrophy over time. Suddenly, after years of penetrating the minds of killers, Carlo found himself being pursued by the grim reaper. But rather than lying down and succumbing to the disease, Carlo continued to work, his books still getting published to both critical and commercial acclaim.

In The Killer Within, Carlo documents his difficult experiences with ALS and explains how he managed to continue writing prodigiously in the face of adversity. The Killer Within is a gripping, suspenseful page-turner that pulls the listener into the netherworld of Mafia bosses, Mafia hit men, and serial killers, as well as the hard realities of dealing with a fatal disease.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kent Bateman not only finds the perfect voice to match the hard-boiled attitude of the Bensonhurst-born Carlo, he captures his love of life, his pride in his accomplishments, and his frustration with the failure of his once athletic body. The overall effect is so naturalistic and conversational it's easy to forget that the narrator isn't Carlo himself.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Carlo’s knack for anecdote spinning and his own heartbreaking, yet ennobling, confrontation with ALS results in a unique and spellbinding memoir.”


  • “An inspiring testament to what the human mind can accomplish in the wake of devastating change. A brave psychological exploration of a writer’s craft and terminal illness.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “It’s fascinating to see how he copes day to day with his illness as well bringing his experiences to the fore. It’s a brave offering from the author and one that will hopefully get the readers to understand things a little clearer.”

    Falcata Times

  • “A hell of a book, a brutal page-turner”

    Larry King

  • Recipient of the 2011Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vanessa Patrick | 9/2/2013

    " Very moving and a stark reminder to not take our bodies and it's abilities for granted. I read the Ice Man as well as this and I feel Philip was a fantastic author and I'm now very interested to read his other books both fiction and non fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Timothy | 3/4/2013

    " I've read everything Philip Carlo has written and am a huge fan. Knowing of his passing in 2010, from ALS,made it depressing to read about how much pain and moral defeat he suffered at the hands of this awful disease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle Dancer | 2/23/2013

    " I loved this book. A interesting and heart felt story. I now have to read all of Philip Carlo's books! RIP Dear Sir! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dustin Mullen | 12/26/2012

    " I read this out of respect to the author, but it is extremely repetitive. The only information that was worth reading is that, Mickey Rourke is tentatively attached to play Richard Kuklinski in a movie about "The Iceman". "

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About the Author

Philip Carlo (1949–2010) was the bestselling author of Gaspipe, The Butcher, and The Night Stalker, which chronicles the brutal career of serial killer Richard Ramirez. Carlo grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, amidst the world’s highest concentration of Mafia members. When he was sixteen, he was shot in the head in a gang war, and while recuperating, he read voraciously, discovering the magic of books for the first time. His intimate knowledge of Mafia culture—their walk and their talk—helped him become a successful crime writer. He died in 2010 from ALS.

About the Narrator

Kent Bateman’s career spans forty years in theater, television, and film as an actor, singer, producer, director, writer, and narrator. He is also the recipient of several television and stage awards. 2007 marked his entry into audiobook narration with Blackstone Audio.