The Killer Within: In the Company of Monsters
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The Killer Within: In the Company of Monsters

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In researching his acclaimed true crime books, Phil Carlo has interviewed some of the most infamous criminals and killers of our times in prisons and on Death Rows throughout the country. He has been able to forge trusting relationships with his subjects, enabling him to extract the facts behind their infamous acts and identify what motivated them to commit their horrific...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Overlook Hardcover (first published August 5th 2010)
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Eric Stone
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The Killer Within refers to the author's battle with ALS - Lou Gehrig Disease - as well as his writing of books about serial killers and mafia hitment. It seems quite ambitious to attempt to blend the two subjects - approaching ALS as if it were another serial killer that he was writing about. And I certainly feel for the author, his struggles against the disease and live as full a life as possible in defiance of it are quite remarkable. But it j...more
Jan
I found the writing a bit narcissitic but it is a biography. A good insight for someone battling ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Georgiacyn
Overall this was a good book. It was a bit on the busy side because it addresses Philip Carlo's experiences as a person childhood through adulthood, his development and accomplishments as an author, and his struggles with ALS. The chronology is anything but linear; it jumps around quite a bit. Inevitably, this leads to some repetition. Overall, Philip Carlo had a life that is very interesting to read about and this book, the first I've read by him, has inspired me to read some of his other books...more
SenoraG
We all know that I am a huge true crime fan and Philip Carlo in my opinion is one of the best true crime writers. I am also a big supporter of finding a cure for neuromuscular diseases. Philip Carlo in this book brings us again face to face with some of the worst human killers on this earth but what he also does is takes us into his world, the world of ALS which is the worst neuromuscular disease there is......

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Dustin Mullen
I read this out of respect to the author, but it is extremely repetitive. The only information that was worth reading is that, Mickey Rourke is tentatively attached to play Richard Kuklinski in a movie about "The Iceman".
Timothy
I've read everything Philip Carlo has written and am a huge fan. Knowing of his passing in 2010, from ALS,made it depressing to read about how much pain and moral defeat he suffered at the hands of this awful disease.
Nancy
Dec 24, 2010 Nancy marked it as to-read
I just won this book - but I'm not sure who from. It sounds very interesting - nonfiction - so I'm excited to read it.
Michelle Dancer
I loved this book. A interesting and heart felt story. I now have to read all of Philip Carlo's books! RIP Dear Sir!
Xanthi
This is a very strange book, in that it is mostly autobiographical and partly about true crime, mixed in with how the author copes with ALS - a degenerative, untreatable, fatal disease involving motor neurons. I didn't quite find the book gelled all that well.
The autobiographical part was interesting, in that the author came from a very rough upbringing in a tough neighbourhood, with some truly awful things happening to him, and some very shady characters surrounding him.

The part about his car...more
Stephanie
Mr. Carlo's title "The Killer Within", is actually a homonym. Not only has Mr.Carlos spent his life studying and writing about societies monsters, he was suffering from ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease", a cruel and horrific disease.

Mr. Carlos's candid and unguarded way of writing makes this a difficult book to read in many ways. The "Monsters" that he wrights about and their methods of killing is very disturbing. It isn't that I didn't know and realize tha...more
3scoremiles10
Narcissitic, repetative, self indulgent. Carlo namedrops his way through his back copies, big-noting and rapsodising about his "process" as if it were some mystical gift. Not recommended.
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"An inspiring testament�to what the human mind can accomplish in the wake of devastating change. A brave psychological exploration of a writer's craft and terminal illness." � Kirkus Reviews

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Julianne Angel
Great writer but sad inevitable ending. I love the way he lived his life the way he wanted even though he couldn’t do all he wanted physically at least he was able to enjoy what he loved. Writing, the ocean and New York. What an amazing man for the things he wrote about could not have been easy.
Wglidden21yahoo.com
Brutal account of a struggle with ALS interestingly coupled with a life spent studying sadistic serial killers. Simply written heavy read.
Lily Pilly
I found this book a bit dry...it appears to be all about the life of the author and who he met...so I couldn't finish it. sorry.
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