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The devil's half mile : [a novel] / Paddy Hirsch.
Title Variants:
Devil's 1/2 mile
ISBN:
9780765399137
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
300 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

Map on endpapers.

Subtitle from jacket.
Abstract:
"Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, gangs roam the streets and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians ... 1799 was a hell of a year. Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America has recovered from the panic on the Devil's Half Mile (aka Wall Street), but the young country is still finding its way. When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to solve his father's murder, he exposes a massive fraud that has already claimed lives, and one the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost. The body count is rising, and the looming crisis could topple the nation"--Amazon.
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Summary

The Devil's Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch is a riveting historical thriller debut set in 1799 New York City

Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, gangs roam the streets and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians... 1799 was a hell of a year.

Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America has recovered from the panic on the Devil's Half Mile (aka Wall Street), but the young country is still finding its way. When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to solve his father's murder, he exposes a massive fraud that has already claimed lives, and one the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost. The body count is rising, and the looming crisis could topple the nation.

"A thriller with strong, multifaceted heroes and villains, [and] tight plotting. I impatiently await the next adventure."--Patrick Taylor, NYT bestselling author of the Irish Country series


Author Notes

Paddy Hirsch has worked in public radio at NPR and Marketplace. He came to journalism after serving as an officer in the British Royal Marines, and lives in Los Angeles. The author of the nonfiction book explaining economics, Man vs. Markets, The Devil's Half Mile is his fiction debut.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Journalist Hirsch makes his fiction debut with a superb historical whodunit. In 1799, after four years studying law in Ireland, Justy Flanagan returns to Manhattan in search of the truth about the death of his father, Francis, a stock trader who reportedly hanged himself when Justy was 14. Convinced by new evidence that his father was murdered, Justy wants answers from William Duer, a "reckless speculator" and former ally of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, who was Francis's business partner before the 1792 financial crisis sent Duer to debtors' prison. But when Justy goes looking for Duer in Manhattan's New Gaol, he learns that his quarry is dead, and when he reunites with his uncle Ignatius, a powerful landowner who funded his education, he's met with skepticism about his theory. Justy persists, nonetheless, and Hirsch effortlessly incorporates the political and economic background of the time into the mystery. Fans of Lyndsay Faye's Gods of Gotham books will welcome this engrossing look at New York a half-century before that series. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore and Co. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

DEBUT Speculation and sex on Wall Street may sound like a current headline, but Hirsch's first novel places those chancy activities back in 1799. Justice Flanagan, armed with a law degree and other skills picked up during his time in Ireland and Paris, has returned to Manhattan to find out why his father's death was declared a suicide when the evidence suggests murder. His uncle, the boss of the docks, may be involved, but somehow the trail always leads back to the traders at the Tontine Coffee House, precursor of today's New York Stock Exchange. The bodies of "bobtails" (prostitutes) and associates of his father litter Justy's progression through the city as he seeks answers and retribution. One potential villain intimates that personages such as -Alexander -Hamilton and John Adams could be caught up in some grand financial scheme, in which the elder Flanagan was just a pawn. In the end, Justy has to decide between justice and causing the next American financial panic. -VERDICT Loads of period atmosphere and slang (a glossary is included) propel this series-potential story through alleys and plenty of twists, making it a solid choice for historical fiction buffs and lovers of political plots. [Previewed in Lisa Levy's "Crime Fiction's 'Girl Power,'" LJ 4/15/18.]-W. Keith McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.