9 June 2018

New Historical Fiction Spotlight: The Devil's Half Mile, by Paddy Hirsch


Available for pre-order from Amazon UK and Amazon US

Golden Hill and The Alienist meet Gangs of New York in this sweeping historical crime drama set
in 18th century New York.

New York, 1799: Justy Flanagan, lawyer, soldier, policeman, has returned to his native city, bloodied and battered after fighting in the Irish Rebellion against the English. Determined to hunt down the man who murdered his father, his inquiries lead him to Wall Street and the fledgling stock market there.

But as his investigations into the past move ahead, the horrific murders of young slave women in the present start to occupy his time. Convinced that there is a link between his father's murder, the deaths of the young women, and amassive fraud that nearly destroyed New York's economy, Justy can trust no one.

As the conspiracy deepens, it becomes clear that those involved will stop atnothing to keep their secrets. Justy is forced to choose: will he betray his father's memory, compromise his integrity, and risk the lives of his closest friends, to get to the bottom of a tale so dangerous, it could change the landscape of America forever?


"A superb historical whodunit. ... Effortlessly incorporates the political and economic background of the time."―Publishers Weekly *starred review*

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

"Part thriller, part love story and part cautionary tale, this page-turner also carries intimations of the future.... Vivid [and] exciting."―Mary Pat Kelly, Irish America

"A tense, violent and atmospheric crime thriller set in 1799 when the white-collar criminals carried switchblades and human lives were traded like sacks of grain."―Michael Robotham, award-winning author of LIFE OR DEATH

"Fast paced and often violently brutal, this tale should please thriller readers who enjoy a twist of history"―Booklist


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About the Author

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. Find out more at his website www.paddyhirsch.com and follow Paddy on Facebook and Twitter @paddyhirsch 

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