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The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath
     

The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath

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by Philip Carlo
 

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The New York Times bestselling author of Gaspipe and The Ice Man, Phillip Carlo returns with a hair-raising portrait of arguably the most depraved psychopath in the history of the Mafia, mob enforcer Tommy “Karate” Pitera. The Butcher tells the riveting true story of a hit man who loved his work too

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The New York Times bestselling author of Gaspipe and The Ice Man, Phillip Carlo returns with a hair-raising portrait of arguably the most depraved psychopath in the history of the Mafia, mob enforcer Tommy “Karate” Pitera. The Butcher tells the riveting true story of a hit man who loved his work too much—a maniac believed responsible for more than sixty remarkably brutal murders—whom even organized crime’s most cold-blooded assassins feared. Another riveting journey into the darkest corners of the underworld, Carlo’s The Butcher is destined to be a true crime classic alongside Wiseguys by Nicholas Pileggi and Underboss by Peter Maas.

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As a young man, Tommy "Karate" Pitera landed the perfect job for a psychopathic killer: He became a hit man and drug trafficker for the Bonanno crime family. From the start of his new career, this sadistic murderer approached his job with extreme zeal, not only fulfilling all his homicidal assignments but also adding hits on his own. By the time DEA crime fighter Jim Hunt got the case in the '80s, Pitera's résumé consisted of scores of bloody executions. In The Butcher, prolific crime author Philip Carlo (The Night Stalker; The Ice Man; Confessions of a Mafia Boss) describes the demonic exploits of a hyperactive mob killer.
Publishers Weekly
Carlo once again delves into the world of the Mafia to bring to light a disturbing portrait of one of the most ruthless killers in criminal history and the series of events that eventually lead to his arrest. Tommy “Karate” Pitera rose from humble beginnings to become the Mafia's top hit man. For over a decade, he settled professional and personal scores, savagely murdering and dismembering some 60 victims. Hill does a fine job in his reading, imbuing long passages of statistics and exposition with just enough emotion to keep the listener interested. His Mafioso accents fit perfectly with the characters, especially his rendition of Pitera's well-noted high-pitched speaking voice, which brings an additional chill to the character and his crimes. A fine listen for any true crime fan. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 28). (Nov.)
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"A fine listen for any true crime fan." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061943836
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2009
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
133,220
File size:
2 MB

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"A fine listen for any true crime fan." —-Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Meet the Author

Philip Carlo was born and raised on the mean streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn—the same streets Tommy Pitera hailed from. There, Carlo earned a Ph.D. in street smarts, and he escaped a life of crime by writing about it with unusual insight. He is the author of the bestsellers The Night Stalker, about notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, and The Ice Man, about infamous Mafia contract killer Richard Kuklinski. Carlo lives with his wife, Laura, in New York City.

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Butcher 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
janesullivan More than 1 year ago
I laughed. I cried. I laughed then I cried. I'd recommend this to all the cuisines and cuisnettes out there. Riveting, bold, fragrant and seamlessly enticing all within the context. Fearless, not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to believe that one person could cause so many deaths in such a methodical way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good flow to the story. Not a court recreation story thank goodness. DN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't read if you don't have a strong stomach and a liking for this kind of book! 
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