The Ice Man - Philip Carlo

The Ice Man

By Philip Carlo

  • Release Date: 2007-04-01
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 394 Ratings


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.


  • 100% fiction

    By Meat-ball
    Great read, riveting except none of it’s true. Turns out Kuklinski didn’t kill anyone, let alone 100 or whatever ridiculous number he told people. He was just bored, compulsive liar. As crazy as it sounds, look it up.
  • Wow

    By Wannagetbarelled
    Amazing book Hard to put down Makes you realize how truly scary the world is Lock your doors and windows before you start reading----- RATS!!!!!!!
  • Incredible. Best Mob book ever.

    By wwelle
    End of context.
  • Loved It

    By Big Daddy NJ
    Great read, very interesting and well put into words. The subject matter was dark but the telling of the story was excellent. I highly recommend this book.
  • Couldn't put it down!!!

    By lisa0725
    I had seen the HBO shows about him in my late teens but had completely forgot all about him. I came across his name on a website and heard there was a book about him and being fascinated with true crime, I downloaded it. Amazing story!!!! Very highly recommended!!!!! (But only if you have a strong stomach)
  • The best Mob hit man book ever.

    By uptown mob
    Can not stop to sleep this story is great dont pass it up.
  • The ice man

    By Rich the big guy kuklinski
    I'm not a huge book guy but this one keeps you reading and picturing the events unfold, I would highly recommend this to all adults. Hope you enjoy like I did.
  • Great book

    By Rowrunner
    I definitely enjoyed the book although it was very graphic. It's not the fault of the author Richard is just a really cold blooded killer and used lots of different ways to do it.
  • Jersey City Man

    By JC heights
    Excellent book. Seemed to enjoy his work. A must read.
  • Embellishing Author!

    By HarleySoftail 2
    Don't waste your money on this book of bull#%^*. Hoffa? Galante? Come on. Kuklinski was an uneducated dumb Polack. Shame on you author,author.