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3.0 out of 5 stars Look, this isn't true....., 20 April 2008
This review is from: The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer (Paperback)
Having read this a couple of times, and cross-referenced it with other Mafia books I have, I am pretty convinced that this tale isn't true.

Undoubtedly Kuklinski was a bad guy who killed people, but the big mafia hits he claimed to have been involved with - up to and including Jimmy Hoffa - do not, on examination, stand up.

The book is compelling. If you are into crime, it neatly straddles the serial killer genre with the organised crime genre. Those who like reading about Ted Bundy are happy; those who like reading about Carlo Gambino are happy, but there are too many holes in this thing and, after reflection, it annoys. Every traffic misdemeanour turns into mass murder. I want the author to actually do some research. If you've got four guys dead because they cut Richard up and wanted to take him apart, who were they? When did it happen?

There was one incident when Kuklinski, to make 'his Mafia bones,' shoots some dog-walker in the back of the head, but this is not followed up. Surely a pedestrian shot in the head in a residential street in New York could be cross-referenced.

Killers lie. Henry Lee Lucas showed that. Even if they come across as taciturn and, perversely, decent, they lie. Kuklinski seems to have lied. Every Mafia hit short of JFK, he was the button man. I think not.

Philip Carlo spends too much time looking at the causes of the ice man - terrible childhood, unfocussed rage - and not enough journalistic detachment to what the guy claimed.

Look, this is fascinating, a glimpse of Hell, but is it true? I don't think so.
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