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on 15 May 2013
I bought a hardback copy of this book for less than £1. That should have been my first clue, but my suspicions were aroused when I read in the author's notes, "All the people depicted in this book are real with two exceptions." Why would he need to introduce fictitious characters into a real-life murder story ?
The fact is that around half this book is fiction. The author fills pages relating inconsequential conversations verbatim, conversations that could not have been recorded on tape; conversations between Kuklinski and his wife at their home, conversations between detectives plotting the murderer's downfall. Many of his observations have little or no basis in fact. I don't need to know which clothes Barbara Kuklinski was wearing as she lay on her bed recovering from a headache. I don't need to know that she "curled her toes."
Anthony Bruno has tried to turn a fascinating true story of a contract killer into his own novel, and it doesn't work. Philip Carlo's book 'The Ice Man' will stay on my shelf, this one is going to the charity shop.