Set in 1803 New York, Hudson's Kill is the riveting next historical thriller from NPR reporter and producer Paddy Hirsch, perfect for fans of The Alienist and Gangs of New York.
New York in 1803 is rife with tension as the city expands, and whoever knows where the city will build can control it. And violence builds as a mysterious provocateur pits the city’s black and Irish gangs against each other.
When a young black girl is found stabbed to death, both Justy Flanagan, now a City Marshal, and Kerry O’Toole, now a school teacher, decide separately to go after the killer. They each find their way to a shadowy community on the fringes of the growing city, where they uncover a craven political conspiracy bound up with a criminal enterprise that is stunning in its depravity.
Justy and Kerry have to fight to save themselves and the city, and only then can they bring the girl’s killer to justice.
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Hirsch's stellar sequel to 2018's The Devil's Half Mile finds Justy Flanagan serving as a marshal in Manhattan in 1803. Crime is rising in the expanding city, but upper class residents, who can afford to protect themselves, oppose a permanent police force, fearing the equivalent of a standing army, and politicians object to the concept as an English idea. When Kerry O'Toole, a former pickpocket to whom Justy has given a chance to lead a law-abiding life, comes across an unidentified teenage girl in an alley who shortly after dies of a ghastly knife wound, Justy investigates. Tattoos on the dead girl's hands suggest that she's a Muslim, which, along with her dark skin color, makes identifying her and catching her killer a low priority for Justy's boss. Justy persists, however, and his inquiries take him and Kerry to Hudson's Kill, the home of a significant Muslim community, whose members aren't entirely cooperative. Hirsch makes the most of his setting and has a rich vein of potential future plots to mine. Historical mystery fans will be enthralled.