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The Ice Man

Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

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, John Gotti hired him to kill his neighbour and 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. The Iceman is a blood-chilling insight into the mind of one of the world's most prolific contract killers.

Philip Carlo was the author of the international best seller The Ice Man, as well as The Night Stalker, Gaspipe and The Killer Within. He lived in New York until his death in November 2010.

©2011 Philip Carlo (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

“With brutal honesty, Philip Carlo writes from the heart” (Robert De Niro)
"A dramatic biography… uncovers Kuklinski's trail of blood in terrifying graphic detail" ( News of the World)

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Gruesome and macabre

Interesting insight into the mind of probably one of the most cold hearted killers who ever lived. If you’ve any inclination to get into a road rage incident this book will make you think twice before doing so, you never know who you’re messing with.

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A must for true crime fans

I've read the hardcopy of this book and now listened to the audiobook twice. If you like true crime this is a must-read/must-listen book! Carlo's writing can be a bit repetitive at times, I lost count of the number of times he mentions Richard's 'Slavic cheekbones' or his 'high-cheekboned face', but other than that it's a superb book. The bonus material at the end was a nice touch also.

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brilliant

Really great listen.
The real life interview at the end is also a great touch to finish the book off with.

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Graphic

I did not want the book to end, so graphic and just brutally honest and straight to the point from start to finish.

A contract killer who took out mob bosses as a free-lance assassin.

Richard Is terrifying but also likeable in this account, be prepared for tales of extreme violence page after page!

BUY IT!!!!

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An excellent listen - if you can take it.

Where does The Ice Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good. It was very interesting and very gruesome but I did start to wonder about the veracity of some claims towards the end.

What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Michael Prichard was excellent. He brought the whole thing to life and the distinctions between characters were clear and well judged.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's a hard listen at times due to the nature of the crimes but a glimpse into the underworld and mind of a truly cold killer is darkly fascinating. It was very easy to get lost in the story and to feel a sense of real unease when Kuklinski started to get ticked off with someone.

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Some of the claims made felt like they were starting to stretch reality a little bit, especially his dispatching of folks by rats and sharks that supposedly left zero trace. Also, the writer seems to rephrase the exact same paragraph when it comes to talking about Kuklinski's wife and kids. By the end of the book it was getting a little ridiculous. That said, I couldn't put it down and found it compelling listening. I would definitely recommend.

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Journey into the mind of a stone cold killer

Unrelentingly bleak story of a contract killer and his extraordinary double life, as family man and provider, a married father who, in his spare time, became a prolific murderer, carrying out ‘hits’ for Mafia families. No stomach-churning detail is spared as Kuklinski’s blood-soaked criminal career is dissected. It’s now clear that he laid claim to some high-profile killings that, in reality, probably had nothing much, if anything, to do with him. There is a fantastical quality to some of his accounts, and very little detail is provided for the vast majority of the murders, many of them random - Kuklinski was incredibly lucky to avoid detection for so long. Yet there’s no doubt he was a professional killer, and the narrative is compulsively listenable. The reader’s delivery is a bit monotonous, but clear enough. Fans of Mafia true crime tales are most likely to enjoy The Ice Man, and the chilling audio clips of Kuklinski talking to TV producers at the end.

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Brilliant!

great book! I have read it and listened to it 3 times now! Will read it again no doubt

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A must listen for true crime fans

I have read this book three times and have now listened to the audible version. A must listen for true crime fans. Kuklinski was a contract killer but often just killed if someone annoyed him or just for pleasure. The number of murders remains unknown. Totally chilling and the bonus interviews with Kuklinski at the end of the book gives further insight into the psychopathic mind of Richard Kuklinski

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Disturbing yet engaging

This is one of those books where hearing the life of this man is truly horrifying. There is however a sense of understanding in how he became the cold blooded murderer. His childhood can be seen to be a continuous catalyst, which would contribute to moulding the man he eventually became. He absolutely has such a real sense of detachment from normal human emotions, which I'm sure assisted his reign of death dealing.

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incredible

loved it, straight to the point, did not want it to end! the confession tapes at the end are a good listen too