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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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    Grace Azul Jacksonville, FL 05-30-10
    Grace Azul Jacksonville, FL 05-30-10 Member Since 2002

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    "Don't give up!"

    I almost quit this book after the first chapter. It was tedious, trying to figure out who all the various individuals are that are mentioned. I am so glad I continued. Although some middle parts drag on, from Chapter 28 on it is an emotional ride and well worth waiting for. I learned so much about the mafia from this book, their lingo and their strategizing. It is hard to listen to the cold, calcuated way that individuals are disposed of in order to clear the path for another individual's rise to power. But to hear the life of a mafioso in his own words and the ultimate toll it eventually exacts on his conscience is riveting. Don't give up on this book if you initially get tangled up in all the characters described. It is well worth your time. This is the first review of an audiobook I have ever written, but felt the need to express its worth. I am still haunted by this book.

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    Robertr coral gables, FL, USA 08-10-09
    Robertr coral gables, FL, USA 08-10-09
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    "very entertaining !"

    great story with a real final ending . this is one of the better mob related books that i have read\heard . the narrator gave an excellent reading . give a try , you will enjoy it .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    Mary A Godfrey, IL, USA 06-06-09
    Mary A Godfrey, IL, USA 06-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "If you like The Godfather, you'll love this book."

    I love a mob story, and this is the real thing. Every bit as suspenseful and well-written as a best-selling novel, this true confession weaves a web of corruption and violence throughout the most powerful union in the country. The ties to top government officials, legislators, FBI, and even the President is so well researched and documented, it will leave you questioning everything you ever believed about our government. The human portrait of this very real hit-man as a husband, father, and friend made me see him as likeable, and in the end, tragic. Scott Brick's narration is perfect for this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer JERMYN, PA 11-28-08
    Amazon Customer JERMYN, PA 11-28-08 Member Since 2003

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    "Very Good"

    I found this book to be very interesting. It is my understanding that this in one of the best sellers at our local book store.
    Living in Northeastern Pennsylvania (Where Bufalino lived) I heard a lot about the Bufalino family, this book appears to accurate

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 03-17-13
    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not just another Hoffa rant."

    I doubt we'll ever really know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa but this book gives a pretty solid account from some reliable sources.

    The history behind Hoffa vanishing was interesting. The character development and dynamics/interaction between each kept me listening.

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    Brent 12-22-11
    Brent 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.


    Any additional comments?

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 04-04-09
    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 04-04-09 Member Since 2003
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    "It could of happened this way"

    Frank Sheeran, a close friend of Hoffa confesses to killing him. It gives a facinating bio of Sherran and how he became friends and a confidante of Hoffa. It takes alot of historical events from the 60s and 70s and gives them a facinating context I never before considered.

    Well told and easy to listen to. I was attracted to the book as I like Scott Brick's narration. Not the best on audible, though way up there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bruce Hobart, Indiana, United States 06-12-13
    bruce Hobart, Indiana, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "the proof is in the pudding"
    Would you listen to I Heard You Paint Houses again? Why?

    already have


    What did you like best about this story?

    the whole damned thing.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his voice, im lazy


    If you could give I Heard You Paint Houses a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A new ending to an old story


    Any additional comments?

    even if your not a fan of Hoffa this book is a trip back to a diff time, it sheds light on so many other event in our past ( JFK ).......maybe?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Ketchum, ID, United States 04-28-13
    Steve Ketchum, ID, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant - Brave peice of writing ..."
    What did you love best about I Heard You Paint Houses?

    This is an incredibly relevent illuminating peice of history that in the end - asks so many more questions that it answers. I look forward to the film which great anticipation but think perhaps to do the material justice, this could only be done in a trilogy - or perhaps a historical series for PBS. Just a terriffic book ... reads like fiction.


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