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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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Savage book. Really glued to this

The book is a real eye opener into the Nadia. It gets heavy in the middle for an hour but the end makes up for it. Fantastic book

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  • David
  • 05-19-18

I Heard You Paint Houses

Gripping and detailed account of the Hoffer disappearance and the back story surrounding JFKs murder a must read before the release of the film in 2019.

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  • Geoff
  • 03-28-18

Great story. Addictive listening!

Narration brings the story to life. Intriguing and informative take on the mafias involvement in the dissapearance of jimmy hoffa and the assassination of jfk. highly recommend and looking forward to the movie!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-21-18

very good

very informative and interesting bring up a lotof unanswered questions but well worth listening again high recommend

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  • Craig Duncan
  • 03-08-18

Take with a trailer-truck's worth of salt

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Co-incidentally, I had just watched a documentary about the Hoffa disappearance a few days before beginning this audiobook. A number of the protagonists statements jarred with this book. This put a seed of doubt into my head as to the authenticity. By the end of the book, I honestly had a hard time believing anything he said. Some of it was just completely unbelievable and outlandish, and the author never provides us with a truly convincing reason why Sheeran changed his story so often.

As other reviewers have commented, the author did have the habit of annoyingly shoehorning himself into the story, and there was a lot of padding and waffle that could easily have been cut. Narration was above average, though.

Overall, it does provide insight into how these types of people think and behave. But that's if you read between the lines, and not what they actually say.

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  • Jimmy
  • 01-17-18

Eye opening stuff!

Really enjoyed this book. Especially the follow up bits at the end. Good listen. Recommend.

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  • Jon
  • 12-22-17

Told with great respect for Sheeran. Brandt has <br />

created a hugely compelling submersion into a very secrative world. This raises the bar forever.


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  • Bananaman
  • 11-30-17

I love this kind of stuff

This book blew me away! I was hooked immediately, I felt completely immersed. there's a lot of details and names flying all over the place so a second listen will be just as fantastic, and necessary. I can't wait to start it again.

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  • Torlac OReilly
  • 08-16-17

gripping story

a fantastic insight into the ruthless side of the Mafia. very well narrated by Scott Brick. Will definitely listen to again

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  • Longtread
  • 04-14-17

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.

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  • Adrian of Wales
  • 04-06-17

Very intriguing

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-14-18

Couldn't finish it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better reader. This bloke was so drab

Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Brandt again?

No probably not

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Big time. I think that was the main issue here to be honest. Couln't hack his reading style any longer

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Bored

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-18

Fantastic

Well narated. This story is sensational but you come away at the end believing it all. It's quite credible and paints an amazing picture of the life of Frank Shearan and the death of Jimmy Hoffa (as well as touching on the deaths of JFK, LHO & Bobby Kennedy). What an insight.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-17

fantastic read.

would recommend to any true crime fan or anyone looking for an interesting history lesson

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  • David
  • 05-29-17

as good as it gets<br />

jimmy hoffa & jfk solved... frank the Irishman has a life story few could compare