The Devil's Half Mile

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 H Fans of Caleb Carr, Erik Larsen, and Gangs of New York will love this riveting historical thriller debut, set in ...

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Title:The Devil's Half Mile
Author:Paddy Hirsch
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:076539913X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Devil's Half Mile Reviews

  • Brian
    May 07, 2018
    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 authe...
  • Carin
    May 16, 2018
    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 wri...
  • Rebecca
    May 08, 2018
    Thank you to the author and the publisher for a copy won in a giveaway! All opinions are my own. ...
  • Miriam
    Jun 27, 2018
    A wonderful view of NYC in 1799. It is a dirty, violent time when scandal runs rampant and the law is often twisted. The economic history that lies at the heart of this tale is fascinating. The reader pulled you right into this audio book. Beware the vivid murder scenes. Look...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    Jul 07, 2018
    have talked about it before, how I enjoyed a historical mystery. Because they have to work so much harder for it. There are no fancy labs or tech. There is legwork and asking the right and wrong questions that will probably land you in even more trouble. And I like that. Justice...
  • Jessica
    Mar 12, 2018
    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 Ameri...
  • Scott
    Jun 24, 2018
    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. There is a definite Gangs of New York feeling to this (if you haven't seen that movie then that won't make sense). This is the precursor it feels to that, Wall Street is in it's infancy - full of crooks, who are totally unregu...
  • Joanne
    May 27, 2018
    "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 synon...
  • Cathy
    Jun 29, 2018
    In The Devil?s Half Mile, the author transports the reader to a violent, dog-eat-dog world of dark alleys and even darker deeds ? protectionism, violence, corruption and vice ? carried out by people who never go anywhere without weapons and have no compunction about using them...
  • Elaine
    May 28, 2018
    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 h...
  • Brenda Ayala
    Jul 01, 2018
    The Devil?s Half Mile was a romp through Gangs of New York style adventures. It takes place in the underbelly of New York, when the Irishmen are the dogs of the state and Africans are being pulled into slavery and worse. We follow Justy as he tries to find out the truth about what...
  • Jessica
    May 25, 2018
    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 i...
  • Kirsten Love dipatri
    Jun 04, 2018
    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 ar...
  • Jackie Law
    Jul 09, 2018
    The Devil?s Half Mile, by Paddy Hirsch, is a crime thriller set in a burgeoning New York in 1799. At this time there were few laws and fewer law enforcement employees. The city was managed by racqueteers who kept a fragile peace through violence and intimidation. A recent state rulin...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Sep 18, 2018
    I loved this. I?ve been getting more into the historical stuff lately and The Devil?s Half Mile had a rich and realistic sense of place alongside an absolutely gripping central story. Justy Flanagan is a brilliantly formed character who I fell in love with. Paddy Hirsch has such a...
  • Karen Parisot
    Jul 10, 2018
    The main character of Paddy Hirsch?s debut novel, Justice Flanagan, is appropriately named. He is after all a newly minted lawyer in search of justice for his murdered father. The novel is set in 1799 New York, a short time after the Panic of 1792, the first great financial crisis to...
  • Ashlee Caldwell
    Jun 05, 2018
    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....
  • Roy
    Aug 21, 2018
    Corruption. New york city. 1799. Murder. Conspiracy. All set amongst an amazing setting. I really enjoy historical fiction. Justy is a great character returning from Europe as a lawyer. His dads died, years ago by his own hand, but Justy doesnt believe this is the case. Caught up in po...
  • Paromjit
    Jun 24, 2018
    Paddy Hirsch tells the story of the first US financial crisis on Wall Street, aka the Devil's Half Mile, the Panic of 1792 and its aftermath which eventually led to the establishment of securities trading rules and the creation of the New York Stock Exchange Board in 1817. New York fee...
  • Coleen
    Jun 21, 2018
    Paddy Hirsch has a talent for writing Fiction, considering this is his first one! Justice Flanagan returns to NYC in 1799 after having gone to school in Dublin to become a lawyer. His father had died before he left and one of Justy's goals is to determine the answer to how that rea...
  • Gretchen
    Jul 04, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed the historical fiction by Paddy Herschel, The Devil's Half Mile. The novel is set in New York City (Wall Street), 1799, and populated with fictional characters as well as the well-known personnages involved in setting up our newborn country. I've been reading a lot...
  • Jaclyn
    Jun 02, 2018
    *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...
  • Katie B
    Apr 26, 2018
    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, h...
  • Cait
    Apr 19, 2018
    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 protago...
  • SFrick
    Jun 25, 2018
    The Devil?s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-... The year is 1799 in NYC 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 s...
  • Patricia
    Jun 24, 2018
    Thank you, Forge Publicity, for providing me with this Advance Reading Copy, and an opportunity to share my opinions with other readers. The Devil's Half mile is an apt title for Wall Street, as Paddy Hirsch presents his version of how it may have been in 1799. It is a fast-paced an...
  • Joan
    May 31, 2018
    Being a big fan of history, I really enjoyed this book. Recommended reading. ...
  • Kayleigh
    Jun 28, 2018
    I haven't read any books set in this time period, in New York before and as a lover of historical fiction I was looking forward to reading it. Paddy Hirsch is good at setting the scene. His descriptions of people and settings easily place you in the book and draw you in so you feel a...
  • Juliat
    Jun 22, 2018
    This is an historical thriller set against the backdrop of New York in 1799 where people were traded like commodities and violence the order of the day. Justice Flanagan has just returned from Ireland and Europe where he qualified as a lawyer and then learned the early policing invest...
  • Readerready
    Jun 25, 2018
    'The devils half mile' was a good book, it was well wrote and immersive, I could picture New York in the 1790's and all the characters there, following 'Justy' as he first steps of the boat and back to his home. There was plenty happening in the book to keep me turning the pages and I ...