Local author Charlie Brandt signed books and met with fans on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Hotel Ketchum. Ketchum resident Hallie Stapleton, right, called Brandt “our hometown hero.” Brandt’s New York Times best-selling book “I Hear You Paint Houses” has been taken to the big screen as “The Irishman,” by director Martin Scorsese, featuring actors Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. The book was described by CBS News as a “mob epic” about Frank Sheeran, a hitman who murdered his friend and Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Newsweek described the film as “funny, melancholy, a Scorsese classic.” Brandt oversaw many successful interrogations in crime-plagued Wilmington, Del., in the 1970s when he worked 80-hour weeks as a homicide investigator, prosecutor and chief deputy attorney general. “I put four men on death row,” he told the Mountain Express.

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