The Devil's Half Mile (Forge)
Journey back to New York City in the days in which our nation was a young country, still finding its way—before The Alienist, before Gangs of New York…. where the Wall Street as we know it today was dubbed The Devil's Half Mile. Longtime financial journalist and producer (including for Marketplace) Paddy Hirsch began researching the history of the stock market and beginnings of its regulation—but ended up swept into the fascinating time period he discovered. Hirsch turned his research into a page-turning and atmospheric new novel of suspense. The Devil's Half Mile brings together the actual historic settings and people of 1799 New York, including Alexander Hamilton, William Duer, and more—along with a twisty murder mystery.
When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to America from Ireland to find the truth behind his father’s alleged suicide, 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. With parallels to today’s economic outlook, characters that come to life off the page, and a fascinating trip to the underbelly of old New York, The Devil's Half Mile marks the arrival of a fresh new talent in historic crime fiction.
Paddy Hirsch has worked in public radio at NPR and Marketplace as a journalist and producer 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. The author of a nonfiction book explaining economics, Man vs. Markets, The Devil's Half Mile is his fiction debut.