Soon to be a NETFLIX film directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, and written by Steven Zaillian.
Updated with a 57-page Conclusion by the author that features new, independent corroboration of Frank Sheeran's revelations about the killing of Jimmy Hoffa, the killing of Joey Gallo and the murder of JFK, along with stories that could not be told before.
"I heard you paint houses" are he first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.
Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures.
When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, the Irishman did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself.
Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders including those of Joey Gallo and JFK, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that has become a true crime classic.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Former prosecutor Charles Brandt interviewed one of organized crime’s most enigmatic figures for this fascinating and sometimes shocking true-crime biography. Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran is totally unapologetic in recounting his wilder-than-fiction life story; his cavalier attitudes about life and death were shaped on the battlegrounds of World War II and pushed him into the killing fields of the 20th-century mob. Sheeran’s monologues often revolve around his relationship with fabled gangster Jimmy Hoffa—both their friendship and the betrayal that ended it. Even readers unfamiliar with Mafia history will be taken in by Brandt’s skill at getting a hardened criminal to spill his chilling truths.
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I Heard You Paint Houses
Unbelievable insight and facts about the Hoffa killing and surprisingly the JFK assination
Best book I've ever read.
I have read this book twice now. I read it for the first time a few years back and gifted it to multiple "friends of mine." I knew his book was special and go figure, earlier this year I find out that Martin Scorsese himself is doing a movie based on the book (with Deniro, Pesci and Pacino).
It's a great read for anyone. The story is non-fiction and is the epitome of the cliche "you can't make this stuff up." While it's a great read for everyone, it's a must read for organized crime enthusiasts. Knowing a lot of the players already makes for an even more fascinating read.
Do yourself a favor and get this book.