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No Irish Need Apply

A Novel About New York City's Hell's Kitchen in the Mid-1800's
by John Finucane


No Irish Need Apply
is a historical portrait of New York City's Hell's Kitchen chronicling the friendship and struggles of Johnny O'Hara and his friend Red, children of immigrants who escaped Ireland's Great Hunger.
Orphaned at an early age, the boys struggle to survive amidst the poverty and anti-Irish Catholic prejudice of the day. As adults, Johnny and Red join an all-immigrant volunteer fire company that is despised by surrounding fire companies manned by American-born men. Unwittingly, the immigrants and the Americans, alike, are the victims of greedy elites who thrive on keeping them divided, resulting in many pitched battles on the streets and at fires. In
No Irish Need Apply, Finucane captures the grit of the Irish immigrants and their will to survive and thrive, against a backdrop exploring New York's transition from a volunteer fire department to a professional fire department. No Irish Need Apply is also an inspirational love story with an unusual twist revealing the blood, sweat and passions of the Irish immigrants who helped build New York City.

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Tomorrow Mickey, TomorrowTomorrow, Mickey, Tomorrow
A Dramatic New Novel
by John Finucane 


As a child, Mickey Murphy first meets Lucy “Little Angel” Mercado outside a burning tenement on the streets of the South Bronx in 1954. After growing up together and sharing a forbidden interracial romance, Mickey is horrified to watch as Lucy descends into the hell of drug addiction more powerful than any love he can offer her. To escape the heartache, Mickey flees his neighborhood. When he returns years later as a fireman, Mickey realizes his love for his “Little Angel” has never let his heart go. And so he embarks on a mission to find the woman Lucy has become against the dehumanizing burned out landscape of the South Bronx torn apart by arson, drugs, crime, and lost love . . .

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The Usual

The Usual
by John Finucane

Fireman John Finucane
Not very long ago, the Bronx was burning. Day after day, night after night, firefighters responded to vacant and occupied five and six story apartment buildings, rows of attached wood-frame houses, single story commercial buildings, and anything else that greedy and unscrupulous arsonists could set on fire. Taking in up to 1,000 runs in a month, these men wage a desperate fight to save life and property with limited resources and manpower, putting their lives on the line to maintain some degree of order during one of our nation's most chaotic and destructive periods. It was unprecendented. It was exceptional. It was...The Usual. 


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When the Bronx Burned
When the Bronx Burned - a novel
by John Finucane

Fireman John FinucaneIn his novel, When the Bronx Burned, John Finucane, a retired lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, tells the fascinating story of the burning of the Charlotte Street area of New York’s South Bronx during the late 1960s and 70s; an era when arson-for-profit drove hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. It’s an intriguing story that shows a New York that most people are completely unfamiliar with. The premise allows for a great deal of conflict and action, for the heroes aren't just fighting flames, they are fighting a brutal gang of arsonists, the slumlords that employ them, and the political machine that permits the scheme to take place.

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