Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath
Written by the bestselling author of The Ice Man, The Butcher is a gripping and disturbing fly-on-the-wall account of the US Drug Enforcement Administration's four-year hunt to bring down Tommy 'Karate' Pitera, a drug-dealing, murderous capo in the Bonanno crime family. In 1992, Pitera was sentenced to life in prison for murdering six people and supporting a massive drug-dealing operation. Yet this covered only a fraction of the crimes he committed. Pitera is thought to have murdered more than 60 people, cutting many of his victims into pieces before burying them on Staten Island. Exhaustively researched and written with the cooperation of the DEA agents who hunted Pitera down, The Butcher will send shivers down the spine of the most hardened reader.
"Mafia master Carlo is the unrivalled king of true crime writing. He examines Pitera's psyche with forensic scrutiny but stops short of glamorising his subject. Grisly and gruesome, Scorcese should definitely buy up the movie rights" News of the World "Engrossing and chilling ... a fast-moving and morbidly fascinating story" Booklist "With brutal honesty, Philip Carlo writes from the heart" -- Robert De Niro on Philip Carlo's work
Philip Carlo was the author of the international bestseller The Ice Man, as well as The Night Stalker, Gaspipe and The Killer Within. He lived in New York until his death in November 2010.