[Book Review] The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

I’ve never read any biographies before, but I’m glad that the 1st one I picked up was The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo. The book follows the life of Richard Kuklinski, a contract killer for the New York Mafia.

Kuklinski earned the nickname “Iceman” because he experimented disguising the time of death of his victims by freezing their corpses in an industrial freezer. Yep, real life CSI stuff.

According to Kuklinski, he killed over 200 people over his career. He used guns, knives, his bare hands and even cyanide to kill his victims. All the while, his neighbors and even his wife had no idea that he was a serial killer.

Yes, it sounds too crazy to be true but it is! Kuklinski is one of the most famous serial killers in the world (if you’re into that kind of stuff).

The author Philip Carlo wrote the book in a journalistic, documentary style. Although it wasn’t a very exciting or suspenseful book, I couldn’t help reading page after page after page because Kuklinski’s story is just so out of this world. If you’re looking for something different to read, I highly recommend this book.

Unfortunately, searching the websites of MPH, Kinokuniya and Times it seems that the book is not available in Malaysia. I got my copy from the iBookstore on my iPad, and you can also order the paperback or Kindle edition via Amazon. Happy reading!

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