"Narrator Euan Morton’s soft Irish brogue transports listeners to New York City in 1799." AudioFile Magazine
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 eighteenth 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 back-door 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.
"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 bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor series
About the Author
PADDY HIRSCH is an award-winning journalist and online video host who produces the NPR podcast The Indicator from Planet Money. The author of The Devil's Half Mile came to journalism after serving for eight years as an officer in the British Royal Marines, and lives in Los Angeles. He is also the author of a nonfiction book explaining economics, Man vs. Markets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 hit the U.S. A historical thriller that is more thriller than history, the author’s note at the end of the book explains which parts of the story are accurate. There is lots and lots of slang here. Most of it you can get the gist of from the story, but if you want the exact meaning of any of the phrases, there is a glossary at the back of the book. Between the colorful language and the detailed descriptions of late 18th century New York, you’ll have no trouble at all imagining what life was like at the time. Well written, the story moves along quickly right up to it’s satisfying conclusion. With themes of greed, racism, and prejudice it’s a reminder of where we’ve come from and how far we have to go.
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, he uncovers a massive fraud that runs deep and continues to claim lives. I was excited to read this book that takes place in the late 1700s because while I like to read historical fiction, I rarely read anything that takes place prior to the Civil War. I found the whole son looking for his father's killer to be intriguing at first but I have to admit my interest in the mystery started to wane as the book progressed. The book incorporates Irish words and phrases so much that there is a handy dandy glossary of terms at the back of the book. There were a few instances in which I wondered if the words were being overused and certain dialogue exchanges that didn't feel entirely realistic. Overall, this isn't a bad book, I just wish it would have sustained my interest a little bit more. I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.