The Iceman

The Iceman

The True Story of A Cold-blooded Killer

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of Richard Kuklinski, a suburban hitman who specialized in cyanide, until one police officer risked his life to hunt down the killer

Blackwell North Amer
Richard Kuklinski made a life in two worlds. A dedicated family man, Rich spent his free time with his wife and children. Spur-of-the-moment vacations, expensive jewelry for the girls, and new cars for his teenage son were the norm. When it came to his family, price was no object.
But on the street, Kuklinski was the Iceman, a professional hit man and a lethal scam artist, a man so heartless, he kept one of his victims in a freezer for over two years just to see if he could disguise the time of death. For Kuklinski, only money mattered. He would kill for it. In four decades of killing, his personal body count was over one hundred, but the police didn't have a clue.
Then the Iceman met Dominick Polifrone. As a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Polifrone had been trailing Kuklinski for seventeen months, but not from inside a police van or from across the street. Polifrone was in deep cover. Posing as Michael Dominick Provenzano, a connected bad guy, Polifrone got word to Kuklinski that he needed to score a shipment of guns. Polifrone met repeatedly with the Iceman over a three-month period, wearing a wire and learning the tricks of the trade from a master of murder, not knowing that all the while the Iceman was planning to make him his next victim.
With a fiction writer's sensibility and a journalist's eye for detail, Anthony Bruno has crafted a taut, true tale of two men on the edge - a mass murderer living the suburban dream and a federal agent playing the wiseguy, intent on bringing him down.

& Taylor

The author of Bad Guys turns his talents to nonfiction to reveal the story of Richard Kuklinski, a suburban hitman who specialized in cyanide, until one police officer risked his life to hunt down the killer. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780385307789
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 BRUNO


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Sep 25, 2013

Richard Kuklinsky, son of a brutal, alcoholic father who came home only infrequently and a mother who vented her resentment on her children, grew up to be an efficient mass murderer. By the time of his trial in 1988 at age 53 he had killed upwards of 100 men by shooting, stabbing, choking or poisoning them. Kuklinsky, a New Jersey family man with two daughters and a son, was finally brought to justice through the efforts of Special Agent Dominick Polifrone of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, working with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office and the New Jersey State Police. The ``Ice Man'' will not be eligible for parole until he is 111 years old. Bruno ( Bad Blood ) has done an excellent job of re-creating the tension and stress Polifrone experienced in fulfilling his risky undercover assignment. - PW


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Sep 04, 2016

The movie was ok,I thought it would be better,the book is great so far,I hope in the future somebody can do a better movie.


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Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date May 3, 2013 (USA)


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