Charles Brandt

Charles Brandt is a former homicide prosecutor and Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware. In private practice since 1976, Brandt was elected president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been named by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in America". He has co-authored the book Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business (Running Press) with Joe Pistone, as well as We’re Going to Win This Thing (Berkley) with former FBI special agent Lin DeVecchio.

Brandt is a frequent speaker on cross-examination and interrogation techniques for reluctant witnesses. Brandt is the author of a novel based on major crimes he solved through interrogation, The Right to Remain Silent (St. Martin's Press) and the true-crime book I Heard You Paint Houses (Steerforth Press), which was an immediate New York Times bestseller. Academy-award winning director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro will be joining together in a film adaptation of I Heard You Paint Houses, to be produced by Paramount.

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I Heard You Paint Houses

by Charles Brandt

New York Times Bestseller

I Heard You Paint Houses is based on former prosecutor and Delaware's Chief Deputy Attorney Charles Brandt's one-to-one interviews with Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran, a mafia hitman who worked for crime boss Russell Bufalino. One of the only two non-Italians on the FBI's La Cosa Nostra list, Sheeran led a violent life and he tells for the first time what really happened to Jimmy Hoffa in Detroit in July 1975. To "paint a house" means to kill a man, and in I Heard You Paint Houses, Sheeran makes a deathbed confession to having been the man who killed Hoffa. This fascinating look at the dark side of American crime history, was a four-part Fox News special report that coincided with the book's publication.

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We're Going to Win This Thing

by Lin DeVecchio and Charles Brandt

For more than 15 years, Lin DeVecchio maintained a relationship with a top echelon informant in the upper ranks of four out of five of the New York Mafia families. At his peak DeVecchio maintained 40 percent of all the FBI's top echelon informants in the nation. He also served as supervisor of the Mafia Commission Case for Rudy Giuliani. So when his life's work came into question, and the very system he protected for 33 years betrayed him, Lin's response was brave indeed. He proceeded to allow unlimited access to his complete legal file, including every scrap of paper from investigations in order to demonstrate the gravity of the D.A.'s devastating mistake.

The national news of Lin's trial ended on November 1, 2007, with one of the most dramatic courtroom scenes in the history of American law. But Lin never got a chance to publicly defend himself against the charges and tell his saga. In We're Going to Win This Thing, Lin DeVecchio and his co-writer Charles Brandt, who sat through every moment of the hearings, offer access to accounts from every FBI agent who worked with DeVecchio, the DA's reports, trial transcripts, and a true account of DeVecchio's life inside the world of organized crime.

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Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business

by Joe Pistone with Charles Brandt

When FBI Special Agent Joe Pistone began what was supposed to be a six-month operation infiltrating New York’s Bonanno crime family in 1975, he had no idea what was about to happen. Posing as jewel thief "Donnie Brasco,” Pistone would spend the next six years undercover in the Family, witnessing - and sometimes participating in - the Mafia’s gruesome activities while gathering enough evidence to send over 200 gangsters to jail. Pistone told his story in the 1988 book Donnie Brasco - a New York Times bestseller and later a feature film starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. But because of pending trials at the time of publication, many details of the alleged crimes were omitted.

Now, in Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business, Pistone for the first time reveals with great detail the horrific deeds of wiseguys Tony Mirra, Lefty Ruggiero, Sonny Black, and the rest of the cold-blooded Bonanno crew. He puts the operation into historical perspective, detailing the timeline of mafia trials from 1981 through 2005 that crippled the New York City crime family. He also recounts his experiences after the operation, his time on the Hollywood set with Pacino and Depp, and other undercover operations through present day.

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