Join us for an evening of 18th (barely) and 19th Century crime, with Southern California authors Paddy Hirsch and Gregory Harris. Publishers Weekly hailed The Devil's Half Mile, Paddy's debut, as "a superb historical whodunit. ... Effortlessly incorporates the political and economic background of the time." Paddy has worked in public radio at NPR and Marketplace. He came to journalism after serving as an officer in the British Royal Marines,and is the author of the nonfiction book explaining economics, Man vs. Markets. Gregory, a graduate of USC, spent twenty years working on a variety of motion pictures and television series before turning his attentions to writing the Colin Pendragon series. In The Framingham Fiend, the sixth entry, master sleuth Colin Pendragon and his loyal partner Ethan Pruitt investigate a series of murders that evoke the killings of Jack the Ripper.
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The Devil's Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch is a riveting historical thriller debut set in 1799 New York City
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... 1799 was a hell of a year.
Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America has recovered from the panic on the Devil's Half Mile (aka 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.
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Of all the ghastly crimes in Victorian London, none are as infamous--or unsolvable--as those of Jack the Ripper . . .
The murder scene is chillingly familiar. A young prostitute has been slaughtered in her flat on Framingham Street in the East End. It's not the first time Scotland Yard has seen a murder like this. But with the help of Colin Pendragon and his loyal partner Ethan Pruitt, they hope it will be the last . . .
Word of the Ripper-esque crime has begun to spread across London, sparking a fresh wave of fear, dread, and panic. Two prostitutes have already been killed. But when a third victim is claimed, Colin and Ethan are forced to explore every possibility--from the opium dens of Whitechapel to the darkest corners of the London morgue. For Colin, the answer will prove to be as elusive--and deadly--as the Ripper himself . . .