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'I Heard You Paint Houses', Updated Edition
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'I Heard You Paint Houses', Updated Edition
Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa
Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese. The working title for the movie is "The Irishman".
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.

The first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran were, "I heard you paint houses." 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 he 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, he 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.
Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese. The working title for the movie is "The Irishman".
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.

The first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran were, "I heard you paint houses." 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 he 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, he 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.
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  • Born and raised in New York City, Charles Brandt is a former junior high school English teacher, welfare investigator in East Harlem, homicide prosecutor, and Chief Deputy Attorney General of the State of Delaware. In private practice since 1976, Brandt has been president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been named by his peers to both Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Delaware. He is a frequent speaker on cross-examination and interrogation techniques for reluctant witnesses. Brandt is the author of a novel based on major cases he solved through interrogation, The Right to Remain Silent. He is also the co-author of Joe Pistone's Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business and of Lin DeVecchio's We're Going to Win This Thing: The Shocking Frame-Up of a Mafia Crime Buster.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 31, 2004
    Former prosecutor Brandt promises more than he delivers in this rambling account of the career of Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa that's long on sensational claims and short on credibility. Brandt crafts a first-person narrative for Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a confessed murderer and close associate of Hoffa's who died last year, while doing little to verify Sheeran's many fantastic yarns, which include responsibility for supplying rifles for the real assassins of President Kennedy. In his most plausible boast, Sheeran names Hoffa's killer. To his credit, Brandt refers to evidence undermining his source's veracity: another publisher canceled this title after a letter Hoffa supposedly wrote supporting much of Sheeran's story was found to be a forgery. The author's uncritical acceptance is perhaps explained by his relationship with his subject. Brandt admits that he served as a pallbearer for Sheeran "ecause of all that was positive" in the life of a vicious thug who cheated the union he was supposed to serve. Agent, Frank Weimann at the Literary Group.
    (June 1)

    Forecast:
    After breaking the story of who killed Hoffa on May 30 on
    Fox News Live Weekend Edition, Fox News will follow up with a
    Fox & Friends feature on June 1. Expect healthy initial sales.

  • Trial Magazine "Is Sheeran believable? Very . . . and 'I Heard You Paint Houses' is a very enjoyable book."
  • Delaware News Journal "A page-turning account of one man's descent into the mob."
  • Professor Arthur Sloane, author of Hoffa "I'm fully convinced – now – that Sheeran was in fact the man who did the deed. And I'm impressed, too, by the book's readability and by its factual accuracy in all areas on which I'm qualified to pass judgment. Charles Brandt has solved the Hoffa mystery."
  • New York Daily News "Told with such economy and chilling force as to make The Sopranos suddenly seem overwrought and theatrical."
  • Kansas City Star "A terrific read."
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