The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer

The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer

by Anthony Bruno
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The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer by Anthony Bruno

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, with Ray Liotta and Chris Evans
He was smart, merciless, and deadly. And it took someone just as tough to bring him down.
A mob contract killer known as “The Iceman” for hiding a body in an ice-cream truck freezer, Richard Kuklinski boasted a personal body count of more than a hundred victims. Using guns, knives, poison, ice picks, tire irons, baseball bats, and bombs, the family man from New Jersey killed for fun, for money, to cover up his own crimes, and to satisfy his inner rage. Law enforcement officials knew all about Kuklinski and had a list of his victims, but couldn’t get near him—until undercover agent Dominick Polifrone posed as a mobster and began a deadly game of cat and mouse.
In this harrowing true-crime account, Anthony Bruno delves into the mind of a cold-blooded killer, chronicling the Iceman’s grisly crimes and probing the bizarre dynamics of Agent Polifrone’s dangerous liaison with him. For as Polifrone carefully built up a case against Kuklinksi, he knew he was running out of time—because the Iceman was planning to kill him too.
“Bruno puts his writing talents to white-knuckle use with a tight focus on a killer with no human feelings.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Excellent . . . [re-creates] the tension and stress Polifrone experienced in fulfilling his risky undercover assignment.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345540119
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 121,898
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anthony Bruno is the author of eleven crime novels and four true-crime books, including Seven (based on the hit movie starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman). His nonfiction work The Seekers: A Bounty Hunter’s Story was nominated for the Edgar Award for best fact crime book. His novel Bad Apple was adapted for television in 2004.

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The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
DavidGersh More than 1 year ago
Nowhere near the book that Philip Carlo's "The Iceman" is. This author seems to be obsessed with the cops in the story. Carlo's book focuses on Kuklinski; his life, childhood, busness life, family life ect. If your interest is in Kuklinski, and not what some cops say about Kuklinski, then skip this book and read Philip Carlo's instead.
shagNC More than 1 year ago
I had read about the Iceman previously by Carlo and really enjoyed the book. This version by Bruno is an outstanding read from a different point of veiw
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book back in '95 or '96, and I just reread it in April 2004 after having visited Kuklinski's cell-block the previous summer. The novel works both as a gripping narrative, and as a factual record of the acts of one of NJ's most prolific killers. Through the novel, the reader will also experience the highways and towns of New Jersey in a way that will please any fan of true crime novels, and especially fans of the HBO series, 'The Sopranos.' It's just a shame that the book is out of print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruno seems to be more interested in the man who brought down Kuklinski than in the man himself. Bruno needs to do a follow up interview with kuklinski, his mindset, does his family still talk to him,dealing in prison etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a true crime story lover, this is the book for you. Quite fascinating. A hitman by profession, but also a family man who gets the job done. This guy was NO serial killer. Yeah, it was a dirty job - but somebody had to do it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally engrossed in this book,couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read how ever a killer the iceman is misclassifed as he is not like typical serial killers. They common thing here is based of that most if not all serial killers have a sexual tendinces done to there victams. The icemans killings did not and said that it was just his job. How ever i still reccomand this to read
drakevaughn More than 1 year ago
Bruno delivers a terrific biography of the brutal life of Richard Kuklinsky in this awesome book. His fictional style reads like a phenomenal crime novel, so I can't wait to read some of Bruno's other non-biographical work. A must read for anyone who has seen either one of the two HBO documentaries or the movie, this book will not disappoint.
Zed1955 More than 1 year ago
For any mobster buff. Incredible story. Scary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Give this one a try, you won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a man who wanted one life, a family and home but had to have another life to get it. Mr. Kuklinski is not a pathological killer. He was a business man. If we don't liked what he has done then why do we all watch the Sopranos. The characters we admire in this show are the same and no different from Richard Kuklinski's world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're interested in reading about murderers, then this book is for you. Richard is one the most creative mass murderers in the 20th century. This is a must have!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. Un-put-downable! If anyone knows how to tell a fascinating story of interest, Bruno has done it with the Iceman. Richard was no "serial killer" - killing was actually his job. Richard Kuklinski is definitely a "quiet storm".