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The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  5,720 Ratings  ·  545 Reviews

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 feroc

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Mass Market Paperback, 505 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 27th 2006)
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Stephanie
4 icy stars. Prepare to be shocked and horrified!!!

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer is a true life crime story of a serial killer without conscience or scruples. I cannot overemphasize that this book is graphic and highly disturbing. Do NOT read this book if you are sensitive to explicit violence, including against animals!!

I listened to the audio book describing the life of Richard Kuklinski. His early childhood was harrowing with a father who killed his older brother and an
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Rebecca McNutt
A shocking, dark true story of a man who has turned death into a living, The Ice Man is undoubtedly disturbing but a very memorable crime book.
Ravis
May 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the worst written book I've ever had the misfortune of reading.

To start with there are only perhaps 50 pages of actual content in the book, rephrased so many times, over and over and over for 400+ pages that at some point you'll start to wish a real hitman would show up and put you out of your misery.

Which brings us to whether any of this is true, and if so how much. There does not appear to have been any research done by the author. He repeats the words of a criminal who (IMO
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Geoff
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you're into Mafia stories or just true crime stories in general then this is definetly a book you should check out. This book tells the story of Richard Kuklinksi who was perhaps one of the most disturbed individuals who ever lived. This man started out as a serial killer but then he crossed paths with guys who were in the Mafia. Since he had previously been killing just for his own personal enjoyment, the Mafia guys started offering him contracts to kill and he began to make his living from ...more
Cole Naisibtt
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes true crime
This book was poorly written. However, I couldn't put it down. The man it is written about is incredibly interesting. This makes for good light reading. I just wish the author would have taken the time to read the crap he was scratching down on the pages. It was irritating to read the same thing over and over again. I don't know if he ever read it after he finished typing it. He likes to tell you the same thing five or six times over throughout the book. I almost thought a couple of times that I ...more
Lisa
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: My entire family raving about it
I got chills, they're multiplying....Nope, nothing to do with Danny Zuko but Richard Kuklinski (aka The Iceman) greased a hell of a lot of people, and this is a riveting, chilling account of his life and crimes.

Having had a truly horrific childhood that did away with whatever humanity he had to start with, Richard was already a killer by the age of 13. Discovering a fearsome talent for murder he was already killing for sport by the time he was tapped to carry out contracts for various Mob famili
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Cookie*420
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not get enough of this sick character. Great story as disturbing as it is to think it all really happened, and he lived just a few towns away. Most serial killers get sensationalized after they're caught. Richard needs no building up, he was pure evil from the start. A must read.
Fritz Schneider
My experience reading this book was the same as my experience reading A Million Little Pieces: amazement at first, turning slowly to mild disbelief, then later outrage at having had my time wasted. There's no way that half of what's in this book is true, and I'm not the only one to think this: see extensive debunking references in negative reviews on amazon.

No doubt Kulkinski was a bad dude, but he's also a bad liar. I'm not sure what part of this story pushed me into total disbelief, but perhap
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Grace
3.5/5 stars. An entertaining, decent true crime book. Definitely interesting and worth a read for anyone who has a morbid curiosity for serial killers and suchlike.
After reading this book, I went straight on youtube to find the HBO documentaries which were mentioned and found myself irritated at some of the glaring contradictions (in the book it was written that he committed his first murder at the age of 13 with a piece of wood, in the documentary it was 18 in a bar with a pool cue for one).. I
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RNOCEAN
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carlo (The Night Stalker) has written another captivating true-crime book. This one tells the spine-chilling story of Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. "the Ice Man" because he liked to freeze his victims to throw off forensic investigators. Born into an abusive family, Kuklinski claimed to have killed for the first time at age 14. After a run-in with the Gambino family, he became a hit man for the mob, managing to live the double life of a professional assassin and devoted family man. The author spent ...more
Max Coggan
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extreme violence, psychopathic mafia killer. Only read one of these once a year.
The Yaus
Ever since I saw the HBO documentary on Richard Kluklinski I wanted to read the book. With plans to attend Clinical PhD programs in psychology naturally I was drawn to find out what could make such a monster like Richard tick. I read this book years later almost forgetting what was mentioned in the aforementioned documentary. Because of this I was unable to realize the inaccuracies of information that was being told in the book. Don't get me wrong, the book is extremely entertaining and offers g ...more
Douglas Brown
The material of this book kept me reading as I was fascinated with the evil of Richard Kuklinski, though the writing nearly turned me away on many occasions. If everything written is true, (which a lot of it didn't seem up to snuff) it is a riveting story of one of the scariest men in history. But the book is twice as long as it needs to be because the author rehashes the same material over and over. By half way through, I had read that Richard was the nicest guy in the world and also the meanes ...more
Karen
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo

This was a highly disturbing glimpse into the double life Richard Kuklinski lead. He was a serial killer who died of natural causes in prison in March, 2006. He claims to have killed over 100 people. He used to freeze his victims to confuse the authorities when the actual time of death took place. That was his strategy that he used for many years to keep from getting the murders traced back to him. Philip Carlo interviewed Kuklin
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Monica
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Prob the scariest book I've ever read! I have to close all my blinds at night now and almost had to put it down a few times because of all the gruesome accounts of the murders. I still cant believe this book is based on fact and not fiction, its so disturbing. Not for the faint of heart but a fascinating account of a psychopath who was victim to an awful/violent childhood, i couldnt help but feel bad for this man. If you're into murder mysteries/crime novels this is definitely not one to miss!
Jennifer
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book about a ruthless cold blooded killer who portrayed himself as a loving family man.
monsieurschlaubsen
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolut krasses Buch!! Dagegen sieht manch erfundener Thriller blass aus!!
Rick Boyer
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book... equal parts fascinating, and horrifying. It tells the story of Richard Kuklinski, the most prolific Mafia hit-man of all time. But Kuklinski didn't confine his murders and mayhem to his mob work... he was a very busy serial killer in his own right. No one knows for sure how many people Kuklinski killed... but the total could be well over 200. He would kill anyone, anytime, anywhere, for any reason. He was one of the most cunning and dangerous people that ever walked the e ...more
Braulio Delgado
Jul 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a bunch of BS written by a guy who did no fact finding. It is about a guy who wanted to seem bigger than he really was. He was a porn dealer, ran a small time home invasion crew and killed some associates. Most of the book is lies told by one man with a creative imagination. I read the book before seeing any of the HBO specials. The entire time, I was thinking... There is no freaking way.

After reading the book I listened to the actual interviews. It seems like he was baited in to g
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Rishi Prakash
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book about one of the most notoriously unknown killers of all time!

Richard Kuklinski was a very interesting man to say the least, his family life, his secret life of murder and his long list of petty crimes and schemes! He had been in staying in a locality for his life and no one ever got a clue about his double life including his wife.

When you finish "The Ice Man", you'll feel as if you know the guy. The book starts off talking about Richard's horrible childhood and how/when he committe
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Bearddis
It's hard to give this book an accurate rating. While the story and the man it is based upon are highly engrossing the writing itself is lackluster. As many others before me have stated the book is riddled with repetition and a real lack of flare. The reader is presented with several stories multiple times in close proximity to one another in this book. As far as the story is concerned Richard Kuklinski is the rarest example of both ends of the spectrum that is human emotion. In one stroke he is ...more
Dave
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great piece of work. a little repetitive but will keep you on the edge of your seat nonetheless!
Ashley
I found this audiobook and was excited to start. The very beginning I was very torn I knew how this man turned out but his childhood was full of terrible things....(I know not everyone who has a bad childhood grows to kill people.) but I think I wanted to see some good in this person, If only a lil bit. It went from childhood to his marriage (and he was a Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde kinda man) one min he was a kind, caring husband, the next min at the drop of a hat he was a furious wife beater!!!!!( No ...more
Graham
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book club book. A brutal story tracking the life of a serial killer/mafia hitman. I thought the story of his childhood provided a good foundation for his later behaviour. A brutal, abusive father followed by harsh corporal punishment at a Catholic school at the hands of nuns and priests really set the tone.

I think the story told by Richard Kuklinski to Philip Carlo tried in some ways tried to ameliorate his 'career choice'. I acknowledge he had a terrible childhood and early teenage life
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Patrick
Did you like the "Hunger Games?"

If you liked "The Hunger Games" but was hoping that the main character was a grown Polish-American psychopath instead of a teenage angst-ridden girl, then this just might be the book for you. Yes, as in The Hunger Games, there is plenty of killing to go around, much, much, more and in many more creative (and did I mention real) ways. But unlike The Running Man Hunger Games, this book does not allow you to be sickened by the television audience and a voyeuristic
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Bianka Armendariz
Richard is a normal everyday guy. As a child, he was always made fun of, bullied, and was never truely loved. As his life went on, he began to realize he can get his revenge on all the people that hurt him as a child. He began to go crazy and became a very known mafia killer. He was married and had kids of his own, but he killed all the boys. Every man that ever hurt him or says anything rude, he would go after them and kill them. He said himself in the book that he would never try to hurt any w ...more
Oliver Bateman
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not much here you can't get from the various HBO specials on Big Rich. Kuklinski certainly killed a bunch of people and knew some "made" guys, and he certainly led a very compartmentalized life, but so did my father and nobody's writing books and articles about that asshole (oh wait https://medium.com/matter/my-father-d...) or painstakingly recording his life stories, quite a lot of which are bullshit (oh wait http://crazydademails.tumblr.com).

at any rate, this is a fun read about a bad man, bu
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Melissa Bailor
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time. I could not put it down.

Carlo shows us the real Richard and then let's us choose how we see him.

Richard had my sides, a wonderful work ethic, a torn family man with a hair trigger and I'm sure Park Dietz gained much insight into human behavior from Richard.

This is true life, this is how it done. Carlo does not sugar coat any part of Richard.

As I read the book I was able to see the same eyes without a soul that Carlo did.

Richar
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Adrian
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is about a guy named Richard Kuklinski who was a contract killer for the mafia. When he was young other kids were always picking him on, his dad was an abusive alcoholic that beat his older brother to death, and gave Richard beating everyday. One day he got sick of being bulled and started hitting his bully with a wooden stick but he beat him to death accidently. When grew up he had a family but no education so all he could do were things like robbing trucks and killing for money.
The m
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Racheltd
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mafia men
Recommended to Racheltd by: Lorrie
the ice man is a sick psycho serial killer. the first of the book was grabbing...this man living this double life...a screwed up childhood...but near the middle i was kind of bored...it got to where he killed so many people that i forgot they were people...cold hearted like the iceman. and yes like most serial killers he became sloppy and well got caught.
the moral lines are schewed. he was totally against killing women and children ...but yet he was okay with killing a stranger for cutting him
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