Book tip: "I Heard You Paint Houses"

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I Heard You Paint Houses

Charles Brandt

My brother recommended this 2004 book to me recently, and, boy, was he right: it’s a fascinating look at mob life through labor union official Frank Sheeran, who had ties to the mafia. In this book, published after Sheeran’s death in 2003 and the result of many interviews with author Brandt, Sheeran admits to being involved with the killing of Jimmy Hoffa. Reading his detailed description here, it’s clear he’s telling the truth. Brandt’s voice rings true, and what a character he is — right out of a movie. Which brings me to something I learned after I finished the book: it’s serving as the basis for Martin Scorsese’s next movie, “The Irishman,” starring De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and Keitel (no first names needed). De Niro plays Sheeran, and Pacino is Hoffa. It’s scheduled to be released later this year.



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