The inspiration for the major motion picture, THE IRISHMAN, directed by Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award® nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award® winner Steven Zaillian.
“Sheeran’s confession that he killed Hoffa in the manner described in the book is supported by the forensic evidence, is entirely credible, and solves the Hoffa mystery.” — Michael Baden M.D., former Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York
“Charles Brandt has solved the Hoffa mystery.” —Professor Arthur Sloane, author of Hoffa
“It’s all true.” — New York Police Department organized crime homicide detective Joseph Coffey
Includes an Epilogue and a Conclusion that detail substantial post-publication corroboration of Frank Sheeran's revelations about the killings of Jimmy Hoffa, Joey Gallo and JFK.
"I heard you paint houses" are the 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 the US government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission of La Cosa Nostra, alongside the likes of Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano and Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno.
When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, the Irishman did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Charles Brandt's page-turner 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 learned a lot from this book! I had no idea how pervasive the mob was. I so admire Bobby Kennedy’s fearlessly taking them on, and regrettably probably bringing on the assassination of the president. Interesting to have an idea of the mob’s values and protocol. So we have an inkling of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa!
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.