The Devil's Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch

The Devil's Half Mile

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 ...

Details The Devil's Half Mile

TitleThe Devil's Half Mile
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherForge Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Historical Mystery, North American Hi..., American History, New York

Reviews The Devil's Half Mile

  • Jessica
    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 co...
  • Brian
    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 i...
  • Cait
    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...
  • Katie B
    IT's 1799 and it seems like just about everyone in New York is corrupt. Justy Flanagan has just returned from Ireland after studying to become a lawyer. He is intent on proving his father did not commit suicide years ago and is hoping to find the murderer. As he searches for answers, he uncovers a massive fraud that runs deep and continues to claim lives. I was excited to read this book that takes place in the late 1700s because while I like to r...
  • Ashlee Caldwell
    Why only 3 stars you might ask?I got an ARC of this book via my job at Barnes and Noble. This was a good story, Justy was an interesting main character. With a background story that is almost hard to believe. I could not help myself from thinking of him as Bruce Wayne at times. He was just such a good guy with a shocking and brutal past. Kerry was the badass female heroine that I needed in this male based story. I am pissed though that she became...
  • Carin
    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 inv...
  • Kirsten Love dipatri
    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. ...
  • Jaclyn
    *I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest opinion*I really enjoyed this book. I thought it had a lot of interesting elements to it. The financial aspect was interesting, it was neat reading about how corrupt Wall Street was back then without the regulations we have today. The racial angle was well handled and I like how the book focused on the negative attitudes towards black people and Irish people. I especially like how...
  • Elaine
    I came for the historic fiction, I stayed for the slang: "Even if you've managed to kimbaw some topping men into your dirty sham, that doesn't mean you've got New York by the nutmegs. And it doesn't make you any less of a gammon-hawking, bully-trap madge." Complete with a glossary to help spice up your next diatribe.
  • Joanne
    "Wall Street Trickery, Corrupt Politics, Racial Strife, Gangs, Murder" : these words listed on the book cover could apply to today's America. "The Devil's Half Mile" by Paddy Hirsch takes place in 1779. My curiosity heightened with the book's arrival as the author Paddy Hirsch is synonymous with NPR.Though historical fiction isn't my usual genre, I changed my mind by the conclusion of this book. "The Devil's Half Mile" satisfied my love of myster...
  • Jessica
    Seven years after the Panic of 1792, Justice Flanagan returns to New York City after attending school and participating in war in Europe. Eager to solve his father's murder, Justice finds old friends and makes a few new ones, discovering who can trust - and who he shouldn't. This is the author's first fiction piece, and he nailed it. The speed of the story was consistent, with small breaks to give me a chance to breathe, and the characters were w...
  • Joan
    Being a big fan of history, I really enjoyed this book. Recommended reading.
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  • Suzanne
    I love historical fiction set in New York City, but this was a dud. I gave it over 150 pages before calling it quits. I really *wanted* to like it but couldn't keep track of all the characters and couldn't seem to care about any of them either.