Paddy Hirsch’s new book The Devil’s Half Mile is a fictional historical thriller set in New York City’s Wall Street in 1799.
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.
Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America has recovered from the panic on the Devil’s Half Mile (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.
Paddy Hirsch has worked in public radio at NPR and Marketplace. He became a journalist after serving as an officer in the British Royal Marines. The author of the nonfiction book explaining economics, Man vs. Markets, The Devil’s Half Mile is his fiction debut.
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