I Heard You Paint Houses - Charles Brandt

I Heard You Paint Houses

By Charles Brandt

  • Release Date: 2016-06-24
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 674 Ratings


The inspiration for the major motion picture, THE IRISHMAN. Includes an Epilogue and a Conclusion that detail substantial post-publication corroboration of Frank Sheeran's confessions to the killings of Jimmy Hoffa and Joey Gallo.

“Sheeran’s confession that he killed Hoffa in the manner described in the book is supported by the forensic evidence, is entirely credible, and solves the Hoffa mystery.”  — Michael Baden M.D., former Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York

“Charles Brandt has solved the Hoffa mystery.” —Professor Arthur Sloane, author of Hoffa

“It’s all true.” — New York Police Department organized crime homicide detective Joe Coffey

"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 twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. He also provided intriguing information about the Mafia's role in the murder of JFK.

Sheeran learned to kill in the US 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 Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit the US government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission of La Cosa Nostra, alongside the likes of Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano and Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno. 

When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, the Irishman did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Charles Brandt's page-turner has become a true crime classic.


  • “What it is.”

    By Ozcrome
    One of the best books I have read in the last few years. I wish I had discovered it years ago.
  • Great Book!

    By wolffyden
    I learned a lot from this book! I had no idea how pervasive the mob was. I so admire Bobby Kennedy’s fearlessly taking them on, and regrettably probably bringing on the assassination of the president. Interesting to have an idea of the mob’s values and protocol. So we have an inkling of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa!
  • I Heard You Paint Houses

    By talien16
    Unbelievable insight and facts about the Hoffa killing and surprisingly the JFK assination
  • Best book I've ever read.

    By Jahoo18
    I have read this book twice now. I read it for the first time a few years back and gifted it to multiple "friends of mine." I knew his book was special and go figure, earlier this year I find out that Martin Scorsese himself is doing a movie based on the book (with Deniro, Pesci and Pacino). It's a great read for anyone. The story is non-fiction and is the epitome of the cliche "you can't make this stuff up." While it's a great read for everyone, it's a must read for organized crime enthusiasts. Knowing a lot of the players already makes for an even more fascinating read. Do yourself a favor and get this book.