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 361 Ratings


Read the book that is the inspiration for the major motion picture THE IRISHMAN, directed by Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award® nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award® winner Steven Zaillian. 

“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 Joseph Coffey

Updated with a 57-page Conclusion by the author that features new, independent corroboration of Frank Sheeran's revelations about the killing of Jimmy Hoffa, the killing of Joey Gallo and the murder of JFK, along with stories that could not be told before.

"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. 

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 Sheeran 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, the Irishman 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 including those of Joey Gallo and JFK, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that has become a true crime classic.


  • 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.