The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
by Philip Carlo
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 at Sparks Steakhouse. 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, including 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 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.
Over six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List
"Carlo effectively tells the life story of the family man who spent thirty years as a professional killer."
New York Post
"This is a work written like a novel. . . highly recommended."
PHILIP CARLO grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, amidst the world's highest concentration of Mafia members. His intimate knowledge of their culture, walk, and their talk helped him become a successful crime writer. His breakthrough, The Night Stalker, chronicles the brutal career of serial killer Richard Ramirez. Carlo lives in New York.
Publishing House: St. Martin's Press, New York 2007
Softcover book measuring 5.5" x 8.25"
440 pages, index, photographs
English Language Version
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