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.
“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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An excellent listen - if you can take it.
Very good. It was very interesting and very gruesome but I did start to wonder about the veracity of some claims towards the end.
Michael Prichard was excellent. He brought the whole thing to life and the distinctions between characters were clear and well judged.
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.
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.
90% pure bulls***