I Heard You Paint Houses

  • by Charles Brandt
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Customer Reviews

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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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- Torlac OReilly

Up there with "The Godfather"

If you could sum up I Heard You Paint Houses in three words, what would they be?

Wow, captivating, true?


What other book might you compare I Heard You Paint Houses to, and why?

Any Mario Puzo book but this one contains real dynamite


What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

good narrative judgement applied to make author versus general story content separate giving no confusion for listener


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes many. Murder is always shocking but reading about the background to a Presidential one is something bigger. Also smiled at "Booby" reference from Hoffa (Ref. read book).


Any additional comments?

Never knew this when I bought book but seems it will be a movie with Scorcese, Pacino, Pesci et al - nuff said.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-09-2016
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton