Soon to be a major film directed by Martin Scorsese.
"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 wall and floors.
In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the Mob and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the US Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and a hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that he was named as one of only two non-Italians on a list of the 26 most wanted Mob figures. When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, the Irishman did the deed, knowing that if he refused he would be killed himself.
Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes brand-new information on other famous murders and provides rare insight into an infamous chapter in US and Mafia history.
©2008 Charles Brandt (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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"A chapter of history."
If you have an interest in modern American history, this reveals much about political and social impact made by the mafia families.
This seemed masterfully and patiently researched, and extremely well put together. Scary, but thank goodness the Cosa Nostra in the US has largely been defeated by the establishment, I hope, a complex and fascinating hierarchical web here exposed.
"Great Story, Difficult Narrative"
Really enjoyed this book utterly fascinating subject and material , and don't get me wrong, the quality of the narrators performance takes nothing away from it
Can't help finding myself rewinding a little though every few chapters as the point of view character suddenly changes with no real indication and leaves me a little lost, might have been useful to have 2 narrators working together to smooth this over
"The author loves himself"
The author tries to turn this more into a book about himself and his interview techniques rather than a book about Sheeran. Shame as the content is good from sheeran. Feels very drawn out in places.
Truly enjoyable and interesting account of life inside the Mafia. A must listen. You will not be disappointed.
"An unexpected listen"
What a good title - it grabbed my interest in the list and I am pleased that I chose the book.
A very good insight into a particular culture in the US in the 1960's. It was difficult getting into the story but worth persevering. I had a problem distinguishing between the narrative and the voice of interviewee but after a time it did not really matter. I also struggled with the family names but that was because these events were not part of my life experiences as were say the Kray brothers and co.
Despite these setbacks I would recommend this audiobook as a fascinating insight and a different perspective on the Kennedy era.
"I Heard You Paint Houses - fascinating story"
I Heard You Paint Houses - fascinating story
I love books about mafia and the stories the Irishman told to the author.
I did get a but bored with the chapters at the end,
that the author put in about him confirming these stories.
"Captivating from start to finish"
The Epilogue was brilliant.
In the middle it can be a little overwhelming with names and places but stick with it and it all untangles itself.
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