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The Devil's Half Mile

A Novel
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

This program includes a bonus interview with the author.

From Paddy Hirsch comes a gritty, evocative audiobook about Irish gangs in New York at the end of the 18th century.  

Seven years after a financial crisis nearly topples America, traders chafe at government regulations on Wall Street, racial tensions are rising, and corrupt financiers make backdoor deals with politicians.... 1799 was a hell of a year. 

Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America recovered from the panic on the Devil's Half Mile (aka Wall Street), but the young country still finding its way. When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to prove his father's innocence, 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. 

A thrilling, unrelenting audiobook that will appeal to fans of early American history and the renegade characters who determined its shape.  

©2018 Patrick Hirsch (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"A thriller with strong, multifaceted heroes and villains, tight plotting which rattles along in a city where you can smell the horse droppings and hear the authentic voices." (Patrick Taylor, New York Times best-selling author of the Irish Country Doctor series)

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  • Sondra
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 11-28-18

Not what I was expecting...

Based on the brief description, this was not the story I was expecting, but I loved it. This is a time period that fascinates me and the depiction of how different New York was in 1799 only enhanced the enjoyment of the listen for me. I liked that Justice was usually in the midst of a conflict between his baser brutality and his moral compass. Given the task he has set for himself, it keeps him from being too good to be true. Well done Paddy Hirsch and I hope there will be more fiction in your future.

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Gritty Story of Old New York

Post revolutionary days in the streets of New York City. A tangled web of murder and Wall Street financial schemes. A combination of historical novel and detective story. The main character Justy was almost supernatural in his fighting skills and ruthlessness with a knife although the aughor lets us know how conflicted he is about his anger. A lot of interesting Irish street slang of the period. A plot with many twists and surprises, suspense and action. Well orchestrated fight scenes. Excellent historical detail and strong plot and characters. I recommend it.

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author's historical notes best part!

Overall, 4 stars.

Story, 3 stars. Often found it plodding, and though the violence was probably true to the period, I found it gratuitous after awhile

Performance and author's historical notes 5 stars. I wish all authors of historical fiction would give this kind of afterword. The only thing missing is a brief bibliography, but he is forgiven for this oversite.

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21st Century Characters set in 1792.

Almost unable to finish this book with a 21st century beta male protagonist.

Nothing to make you care about any of the characters.

Boring and empty and no fun.

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The best historical fiction I’ve read in a long while

I became immersed in this story for two days, and was sad that Hirsch doesn’t have more fiction to read. I highly recommend The Devil’s Half Mile. The story and the narration are stellar.

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Interesting

This was a very interesting look into a horrifying time in the history of our country, very interesting nonetheless.

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Just not well written

It’s readable, but not well written. The story had potential though. Lindsay Faye is still the gold standard for period NY crime novel....

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Justice!

Very interesting...well researched and written! Set up well for a series. Good guys prevail!

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Good start

Hope for more from Mr Hirsch and Mr Morton! Enjoyed story and narration. More Justice please!!
Interesting time period, characters and plot. Would listen if this became a series!