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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, tight plotting with rattles along."—Patrick Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor series
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Paddy Hirsch has worked in public radio at NPR and Marketplace for ten years. He came to journalism after serving for eight years as an officer in the British Royal Marines, and lives in Los Angeles. While The Devil's Half Mile is his fiction debut, Hirsh has also written Man vs. Markets, a nonfiction book explaining economics.