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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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  • Lee
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • 14-12-13

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.

Any additional comments?

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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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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very interesting

listened every day till finished. some fictional info difficult to beleive but still a very interesting listen.

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  • Port Talbot
  • 30-04-18

The Ice Man - Fascinating story

The Ice Man - Fascinating story
Somewhat disturbing in parts that could upset some listeners
I did enjoy the book
Great narration

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  • Lee
  • Aberdeenshire
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Bored me to tears..

I knew the subject before hand concerning the gore, swearing, violence etc so didn't shock. I had a bit of sympathy regarding his childhood so that part of the book was mildly interesting as was the parts regarding the treatment he gave his own family.

The rest of the subject matter was just repetitive only the method of killing was different in some cases. I just kept thinking after the first few times here we go again.

The book could have been cut in half if the filler material was taken out and I guess the remainder may have held my interest more.

Really disappointed as this book had been in my wish list for ages.

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Good listen

Good story and enjoyable. This is the first book I read first then listened to a few years after.

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as always reading the book is always better but..

A good listen, covers the story pretty well and mentioned some new bits too. recommended

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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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Brilliant!

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

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An eye opener

This book really demonstrates just what some people can be capable of. In rather graphic detail. A very interesting listen that will make you question it's believability.