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The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Kuklinski was bullied as a child and after accidentally killing his childhood tormentor he was determined never to be bullied again. Philip Carlo did a good job with his book entitled The Ice Man, but his differed from Bruno's book in that Carlo covered the entire life of Kuklinski's crime. In addition it included some fictitious murders that Kuklinski was supposedly a part of, namely the murder of Paul Castellano and James Hoffa. Probably some others as well.
Since both of the books on The Ice Man were about a vicious murderer I don't want to say I enjoyed them, but they certainly were riveting reads. However, I did find the book on The Ice Man by Anthony Bruno to be more factual. It was written, however, before the death of Richard Kuklinski.
Today Kuklinski now stands accused of the 1980 shotgun slaying of NYPD Officer Peter Calabro. In 1999 a reviewer here was critical of THE ICE MAN because author Bruno wrote about "the undercover agents who sought to bring [Kuklinski] down because the cops are always the stereotypicals. Big Yawn!"
The lives of police officers may be a big yawn to that person, but hopefully not to the majority. I applaud Anthony Bruno for recognizing & recounting just how much of themselves police officers put on the line to bring the likes of Kuklinski to justice... It is as fine a read today as it was 9 years ago. Like a fine wine, maybe even better.
Richard Kuklinski is the apocryphal bullied kid who rises to be the one holding the gun. Starting from his teen years he finds the power that derives from holding someone's life in your hands utterly irresistible. His methods are as varied as the men he kills.
His icy demeanor makes him a favored killer for the Mafia, who often require him to kill someone in a specific manner to send a message to others. It is these killings that make up the most chilling part of the book; one has to wonder, is it really possible to take someone else's life like that?
It has to be said that given a different home and background, Kuklinski could well have turned out as a normal, productive citizen. But the beatings issued by his father to both Kuklinski and his kid brother could not have passed without seriously harming the children, and indeed, it was very close that the Iceman didn't kill his father more than once. His brother is in an asylum for the criminally insane.
If you are into true crime and the murderers of the Mob, you mustn't pass this one.
Very nicely done Kindle version too, no errors worth mentioning.
-Heikki Hietala, author of Tulagi Hotel
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The "authorized" biography of Kuklinski by Phil Carlo is better. This book leaves out 9/10ths of the story. After reading Carlo's book this was a big disappointment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Speedyandreliable
Listened to the unabridged audio book, and I admit that I did so because I saw the narrarator was Bronson Pinchot, and I really wanted to hear Balki talk about a gangser/killer . Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew Chandler
This book about the iceman, Richard Kuklinski a six foot five inch 300 plus pound mad who lived a life of crime from dubbing porn to theft to the worst crime a human can commit... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is not uninteresting. Personally in my pipsqueek opinion, Philip Carlo's book on Richard Kuklinski' is better. But that's only my opinion.Published 5 months ago by Tony Meyer
I liked this book. The movie makes him out to be nicer than he was but the book tells its own story.Published 5 months ago by JTipperary
Very well written book, gave a 3 dimensional picture of the individual responsible for some pretty heinous acts.Published 7 months ago by Ian D. Crane
Great stories to tell your buddies while having a few cold ones at the local tavern. The information is flush with details, but some of it seemed incredulous and embellishedPublished 7 months ago by Billy T