The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

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The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

by Philip Carlo

St. Martin's Press | April 28, 2009 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 4.

Philip Carlo's The Ice Man spent over six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Top Mob Hitman. Devoted Family Man. Doting Father. For thirty years, Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski led a shocking double life, becoming the most notorious professional assassin in American history while happily hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey.


Richard Kuklinski was Sammy the Bull Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, then head of the Gambino crime family, at Sparks Steakhouse. Mob boss John Gotti hired him to torture and kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, Kuklinski would make his victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with coldhearted intensity and shocking efficiency, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.


This trail of murder lasted over thirty years and took Kuklinski all over America and to the far corners of the earth, Brazil, Africa, and Europe. Along the way, he married, had three children, and put them through Catholic school. His daughter's medical condition meant regular stays in children's hospitals, where Kuklinski was remembered, not as a gangster, but as an affectionate father, extremely kind to children. Each Christmas found the Kuklinski home festooned in colorful lights; each summer was a succession of block parties.


His family never suspected a thing.


Richard Kuklinski is now the subject of the major motion picture titled "The Iceman"(2013), starring James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, and Chris Evans.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 pages, 6.83 × 4.16 × 1.18 in

Published: April 28, 2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312938845

ISBN - 13: 9780312938840

Found in: True Crime

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! One of THE best true crime novels I have read. 
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeleivably Shocking True Story My favorite genre of books is true crime and this is my all time favorite. Philip Carlo is able to provide shocking details that most authors are unable to provide when telling the story of actual events. He spent countless hours interviewing the subject of the book and researching the events. I highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks they can stomach it!!!!
Date published: 2009-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping The story starts off in a dramatic fashion, it follows him on a routine "hit" with torture added and shows the stunning nerves of the "Ice Man". It then continues to the past and works its way to present, throughout the story I found it gripping and intense. Richard had done so much that the 410 pages almost seemed to be compressed. I recommend this for all readers interested in crime, drama, and anyone interesting in getting the mind of a killer. It truly was fascinating to get the first handed experiences and stories of Richard instead of compilations of police surveillance records with large gaps of information and detail.
Date published: 2008-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting! I have to say I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. I especially liked that while throughout the book it's obvious that Richard was a cunning and dangerous killer you can't help but see the other, more human side of him. Far too often only one side of the story is looked at with serial killers. It's interesting also to think that although Richard Kuklinski might not have held the same morals as the majority of society he did have some of his own, for example he never killed or would kill a women or a child. My only criticism is that Philip Carlo sometimes sounds repetitive using the same descriptions or quotes multiple times. Other than that it was a great book and I would recomend it not only to true crime fans but anyone looking for a great read!!
Date published: 2008-07-22

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The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

by Philip Carlo

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 pages, 6.83 × 4.16 × 1.18 in

Published: April 28, 2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312938845

ISBN - 13: 9780312938840

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Chapter One Mortal Sin Indeed   At the turn of the twentieth century, Jersey City, New Jersey, the place where Richard Kuklinski was born and raised, was a bustling Polish enclave. Because of its many Polish Catholic churches and an abundance of blue-collar work, Polish immigrants flocked to Jersey City in large numbers.   The Lackawanna, Erie, Pennsylvania, and Central railroad companies all had bases in Jersey City. Trains from across the United States brought all kinds of produce to the East Coast of America, and this was the final stop. Sprawling rail yards filled the area. Rail tracks ran on just about every other street. Jersey City's main thoroughfare, Railroad Avenue, had a trestle running right down the center of the wide two-way street. Powerful black locomotives pulling long rust-colored trains to the waterfront were the norm; the heavy chug-chug sound and high-pitched screams of steam locomotives came from all directions, both day and night, seven days a week.   Located at the northeast end of the state of New Jersey, Jersey City was ideally located near the bustling metropolis of Manhattan, and from here all types of goods and produce were shipped up and down the eastern seaboard. At its closest point just across the southernmost end of the Hudson River, Jersey City was only three-quarters of a mile away from lower Manhattan—the center of the world—and ferries were constantly bringing goods to the piers that crowded the busy Manhattan waterfront. On a clear day,
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Philip Carlo's The Ice Man spent over six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Top Mob Hitman. Devoted Family Man. Doting Father. For thirty years, Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski led a shocking double life, becoming the most notorious professional assassin in American history while happily hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey.


Richard Kuklinski was Sammy the Bull Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, then head of the Gambino crime family, at Sparks Steakhouse. Mob boss John Gotti hired him to torture and kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, Kuklinski would make his victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with coldhearted intensity and shocking efficiency, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.


This trail of murder lasted over thirty years and took Kuklinski all over America and to the far corners of the earth, Brazil, Africa, and Europe. Along the way, he married, had three children, and put them through Catholic school. His daughter's medical condition meant regular stays in children's hospitals, where Kuklinski was remembered, not as a gangster, but as an affectionate father, extremely kind to children. Each Christmas found the Kuklinski home festooned in colorful lights; each summer was a succession of block parties.


His family never suspected a thing.


Richard Kuklinski is now the subject of the major motion picture titled "The Iceman"(2013), starring James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, and Chris Evans.

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Top Mob Hitman. Devoted Husband and father. For thirty years, he led a double life--becoming the most notorious professional assassin in American history. This is the true story of THE ICE MAN


He was Sammy the Bull Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano. John Gotti hired him to torture and kill his neighbor. A favorite among all the seven East Coast crime families, Richard "Ice Man" Kuklinski conducted his business with coldhearted intensity. By his own estimate, he murdered over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.


"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


But behind Kuklinski's trail of murder was a traditional, loving, Catholic family. A married father of three, Kuklinski was always regarded as being especially kind to children; he threw summer block parties in his New Jersey neighborhood, and he was always generous around Christmastime. And before his crimes finally caught up with him, his family never suspected a thing.


"A hell of a book, a brutal page-turner."--Larry King

About the Author

Philip Carlo was the 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 16, Carlo 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 Carlo become a successful crime writer. He died in 2010 from ALS.

Editorial Reviews

Both my wife and I read this book. While we were reading the book, neither one of us spoke to the other for days.