2014 Book Goal: 52 (mostly non-fiction)
2014 Books Read: 44 (91% non-fiction)

9781400113132_p0_v1_s260x420The book, The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath by Philip Carlo is a shocking book.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been a fan of true crime writing for years but this one was disturbing.

Carlo chronicles the life, rise and fall of Tommy “Karate” Pitera – a psychopath that found a perfect life fit as a mafia hit man.  This is the story of what a serial killer can become if given the backing of La Cosa Nostra ( Italian for either “This thing of ours” or “Our Thing” depending on who’s translating.  Another way of saying the Italian mafia.)

For some reason, this was more unsettling than the books I have read about other serial killers.  I don’t know if it’s Carlo’s ability to tell a story or I am at a time in my life when it bothers me more, but it actually caused some strange dreams.

If you are a fan of the true crime genre – you will love this one.   I don’t know if I enjoyed it so much as just being unable to put it down.