Fans of Caleb Carr, Erik Larsen, and Gangs of New York will love this riveting historical thriller debut, set in a 1799 New York City.Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians... 1799 was a hell of a year.Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America recovered from the financial panic of 1792, but the young country is still finding its way. When a young lawyer returns to prove his father's innocence, he exposes a massive financial fraud that the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost. And reaching the highest levels, the looming crisis could topple the nation....
|Title||:||The Devil's Half Mile|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
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The Devil's Half Mile Reviews
I'm always here for historical fiction centering around late 18th/early 19th century America. And this was a very interesting book from a historical perspective as well as a page-turning mystery. Unfortunately, it also fell into a few common traps for books in those genres. The protagonist is able to conclusions that seem a little far-fetched because he's so brilliant (view spoiler)[ like he remembers his father's body so perfectly that he's able to deduce that he was murdered? Memory is a fickl ...more
It took me a minute to place the author's very familiar name, especially when I looked him up in Goodreads and found... almost nothing. Just some obscure book about economics. And then it occurred to me--he's on NPR's Marketplace! I love him! (He's actually on leave to focus on his writing which is a bummer. Not the writing part, but why can't he do both?)
In 1799 New York, Justy has just returned from law school in Scotland, where he was also involved in some Scottish skirmishes. Before he left, ...more
Justice Flanagan returns to post-revolutionary New York, following education and soldiering in the Irish Rebellion. He's seen and learned a great deal about the world, that he hopes will help him solve the mystery of his father's death.
Against the backdrop of a squalling infant America, Paddy Hirsch weaves an intricate set of mysteries as Justy tries to comes to terms with his past and how it will color his future. With a solution I didn't see coming, and betrayal on every cobbled street corner ...more
I usually don't read historical fiction. I won this ARC through Goodreads Giveaways. The premise was intriguing. Wall Street, Post Revolution, Murder, Conspiracy- it sounded pretty good. I rather enjoyed it. The one thing that I was hung up on was the one thing that gives it some authenticity- the slang and jargon. Luckily, Hirsch puts a little glossary at the end so you can look up the words, but it became a little distracting when I had to do it every minute or so.
The premise and plot couldv'e ...more
Thank you to the author and the publisher for a copy won in a giveaway! All opinions are my own.
Crime fiction set in Hamilton’s New York City with intriguing characters and page turning mystery... My only beef with Devil’s Half Mile was that it kept me up way too late! I love crime fiction, but sometimes a twisty plot comes at the expense of quality. This book delivers all around. It is well written, with characters and a setting that feels cinematic. (It would make such a great movie!) I loved the Irish and period jargon in this book. It feels authentic and was a deeply satisfying read. F ...more