"I Heard You Paint Houses": Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa Review

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, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that is destined to become a true crime classic.

Title:"I Heard You Paint Houses": Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa
Edition Language:English

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  • Boyd

    I really and truly couldn't care less who killed Jimmy Hoffa, but if he's the catalyst for this book being written--well then, cry me a river. Charles Brandt is the nominal author here, but it's Frank...

  • Cbj

    ***SPOILERS ALERT***I had to read this book after I heard that Martin Scorsese was making a $100 million film based on it. The book had a really cool name that humorously alluded to killing a man. I H...

  • Dan

    Frank Sheeran tells a good story.Regardless of your interest in the mafia/teamsters/kennedy story, Sheeran colorfully articulates life in Philadelphia from the Depression through the 1970's. He descri...

  • Jim

    This is not the type of book I usually read, but when I received an offer that I couldn't refuse I figured, what do I have to lose (except maybe an unscheduled trip to Australia)? Actually, the book w...

  • Book Concierge

    3.5***Subtitle: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran & the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, & the Last Ride of Jimmy HoffaWell, that pretty much covers it. Brandt, a former prosecutor, managed to...

  • Chris

    I cannot recommend this book enough. ...

  • Kevin Krekling

    greatest crime story I’ve ever read. masterfully gives a glimpse inside the mob and solves the Hoffa/jfk murders...

  • Donna

    An authentic account from a dying man of his life in the mob, spoken in his own "street vocabulary". He makes no attempt to gloss over what he has done or to make excuses for it.As a Catholic (by his ...

  • Heath

    Solid as non fiction comes. Street rich and authentic, with an inside knowledge, that could only come from real time in the trenches. ...

  • Adam O'Grady

    Preface: I'm not a true crime fan and hadn't even heard the name "Jimmy Hoffa" before purchasing this book, I read it to step outside my usual comfort zone.I had mixed reactions to this, there were so...