ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES
New York Times Bestseller
Now a major motion picture 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.
The Irishman “gives new meaning to the term ‘guilty pleasure.’’’ — Bryan Burrough, author of Public Enemies, in The New York Times Book Review
“Told with such economy and chilling force as to make The Sopranos suddenly seem overwrought and theatrical.” —New York Daily News
“A terrific read.” —Kansas City Star
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.
The Irishman is an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century. Spanning decades, Sheeran’s story chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and it offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics. Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit against The Commission of La Cosa Nostra, the US Government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission. Sheeran is listed alongside the likes of Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano and Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno.
In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and Brandt turned Sheeran’s story into a page-turning 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.