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The Irishman (originally published as "I Heard You Paint Houses")

Charles Brandt



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Hodder & Stoughton
29 October 2019
Film, TV & Radio; Biography; Biography: general; True crime
The book behind the major Netflix film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel

"The movie event of the year" - Rolling Stone

"One of Martin Scorsese's best films ever" - Guardian

The Irishman is an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino, alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.

Spanning decades, Sheeran's story covers one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history - the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa - and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Sheeran rose to a position of such prominence that, in a RICO suit against The Commission of La Cosa Nostra, the US Government named him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission. Sheeran is listed alongside the likes of Anthony 'Tony Pro' Provenzano and Anthony 'Fat Tony' Salerno.

In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob. Brandt turned Sheeran's story into this page-turning true-crime classic.
By:   Charles Brandt
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   260g
ISBN:   9781473651524
ISBN 10:   1473651522
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   29 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born and raised in New York, Charles Brandt is a former high school teacher, welfare investigator and homicide prosecutor. He has been named by his peers as one of the best lawyers in America. He now lives in Delaware with his family.

Reviews for The Irishman (originally published as "I Heard You Paint Houses")

The book Brandt has written gives new meaning to the term 'guilty pleasure.' It promises to clear up the mystery of Hoffa's demise, and appears to do so. Sheeran not only admits he was in on the hit, he says it was he who actually pulled the trigger - and not just on Hoffa but on dozens of other victims, including many, he alleges, dispatched on Hoffa's orders. This last seems likely to spur a reappraisal of Hoffa's career. - Bryan Burrough, author of Public Enemies, in The New York Times Book Review My source in the Bufalino family . . . read I Heard You Paint Houses. All the Bufalino guys read it. This old-time Bufalino guy told me he was shocked. He couldn't believe Sheeran confessed all that stuff to [Brandt]. It's all true. - New York Police Department organized crime homicide detective Joseph Coffey If the made men Brandt rubbed up against during his five years with Sheeran suspected what Sheeran was confessing to him on tape, they'd both have been promptly whacked. - Joe Pistone, retired FBI deep undercover agent and the author of Donnie Brasco Told with such economy and chilling force as to make The Sopranos suddenly seem overwrought and theatrical. - New York Daily News This is the greatest Mafia book I ever read, and I read them all. It is so authentic. - Steven Van Zandt, featured actor, Silvio Dante, in The Sopranos and member of the E Street Band

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