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I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank

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

"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 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.
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"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 25 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.

©2005 Charles Brandt; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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    Tracy L. Moss Riverview, FL USA 08-20-12
    Tracy L. Moss Riverview, FL USA 08-20-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Believable true crime if a little gratuitous"
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    I can say I believe I know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa now, so this book hits its mark. Scott Brick does a nice job of delivering the flavor of organized crime in America. If you keep in mind this book is told from the perspective of one man and isn't meant to be unbiased commentary on the merits of Jimmy Hoffa and the Labor Movement in America, you'll find this an interesting and disturbing account of the American underbelly. The second half become repetitive, but the epilogue adds value to the overall believablility of the tale and helps to remind the reader of the perspective issue. Recommended!

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    Clodhopper Tucson, AZ, United States 07-31-12
    Clodhopper Tucson, AZ, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm a geologist and I use Audible books to while away long hours on the road... My pickup truck is my reading room!

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    "The final word on Hoffa and Kennedy"

    OK, I don't know whether Frank Sheeran's versions of the Kennedy assassination and the Hoffa disappearance are factual. But they are both more plausible and more titilating than most of the alternative theories I have heard. And they are told with such conviction, and so much detail, that I have decided to believe them. Now I don't have to sit through Oliver Stone's tedious speculations. Sheeran has told us what happened, and that's "the way it is".

    Brandt co-writes Sheeran's inside story his life in the Mob, and provides historical backdrop to explain the history of the Mob and Teamsters within the context of national politics inthe mid-20th century. Much more than just a personal journal of a gangster.

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    Heather United States 07-26-12
    Heather United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining!"

    I don't think we will ever know for sure what happened to Jimmy Hoffa, but I'm pretty sold on this being the true story. Very interesting listen and the narrator does a great job. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 01-02-12
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 01-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "if you liked ICEMAN"

    Great true story of the Irishman Frank Sheeran's deailings with the mob. If you like true crime especially organized crime you will love this book

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    Michael 12-28-11
    Michael 12-28-11
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    "Awesome narrator"
    What did you love best about I Heard You Paint Houses?

    The narrator. Loved the voice and modulation, no crazy antics..very good book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The story


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Great buy. Thanks. My best book on here yet out of 30 books.

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    Lew Cedarhurst, NY, United States 12-24-11
    Lew Cedarhurst, NY, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding Book, Great Performance and Story"

    I had approached this book with considerable skepticism given the penchant of ex-mobsters for fabrication and somehow including themselves in numerous historical events. However, as written by a former prosecuter, homicide investigator and Chief Deputy Attorney General, this book provides not only the most plausible version and well-researched facts surrounding the disappearance of James R. Hoffa but also a substantive degree of evidence to support the mob's participation in the assassination of JFK. We are provided a carefully studied historical background into Frank Sheeran's association with the mob, his initiation into becoming a mafia hit-man, his close friendship with Hoffa and ultimately the most reliable evidence today of Hoffa's execution and disposal. The book effectively portrays the near-impossible decision by Frank Sheeran to tell his story, to "clear his conscience" at age 83 about matters that are simply never discussed. And this decision was made only after all other significant participants were dead. Sheeran has no advantage in fabrication. There's nothing in it for him to lie and other famous mob-hits in which he participated are corroborated by FBI evidence or by witnesses. This book only confirms the FBI's most-likely suspicions and it closes the book on wild stories about Giant Stadium and other implausible eventualities for Hoffa. Make no mistake, Frank Sheeran was a cold-blooded murderer but it was always seen as a part of the business of organized crime. He is neither glorified nor vilified. As for the performance, you can't lose with Scott Brick. He is masterful and gripping, one of best readers around.

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    Brent Fayetteville, AR, United States 12-22-11
    Brent Fayetteville, AR, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't wait for the movie"
    What did you love best about I Heard You Paint Houses?

    Outstanding story. I was not enthusiastic about this book when I purchased it but it turned out to beone of the best of the year. I am old enough to remember Jimmy Hoffa and grew up in northeasern Ohio so I know unions. I had no idea how the Teamsters and the mob were connected. So now I'm wondering about modern day drug cartels. Pretty scary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator's spoke in a kind of stop and start manner that got tedious and sometimes it was difficult whether he was reading the book or doing a Frank Sheeran quote.


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    i just don't see DeNiro as Sheeran in the movie. He is called

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    M Dover, DE, United States 09-22-10
    M Dover, DE, United States 09-22-10
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    "An Educational, Exciting Read. Answers Questions."

    After listening to this book I find it amazing that newscasters and some comedians, when Mr Jimmy Hoffa's name comes up, speak as if it is still a mystery as to what, where, how and when Mr Hoffa disappeared and that a few people tend to believe the major events Mr Sheerhan "confesses" is drivel and wild lies.. Written by Mr Charles Brandt, former Prosecutor and Chief Deputy Attorney General in Delaware and excellently narrated by Scott Brick, made me a believer. Mr Brandt, himself, says "there is a ring of truth to what he told me." Mr Brandt and Mr Sheerhan, so many years after the fact, drove to Detroit and "the house" Mr Sheerhan describes in detail, as he does throughout, and found all to "add up". As to the "wild rambling" into the JFK matter, I thought "why would Mr Sheerhan bring up the JFK assassination in his revelations of his life and doings in the alleged "Mafia?". Mr Sheerhan's storyline makes sense and logic leading me to believe him. It's not a long, drawn out story as to JFK., just a passing episode he mentions in relating incidents and times, keeping continuity . Dr. Michael Baden stated "case closed" as to the 'Jimmy Hoffa disappearance" after his read. An outstanding, educational and exciting book. WWII was a revelation to me as to the "soldiers" of various families and how they operated and accepted the horror. Not all but some...Like Frank. The BEST on this subject I have ever read!

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