A Storm in the Blood

A Storm in the Blood

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by Jon Stephen Fink
     
 

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A Storm in the Blood is a wise and searching historical novel of political intrigue and terrorist action in turn-of-the-century London from Jon Stephen Fink, acclaimed author of Further Adventures. Based on the compelling true story of the Houndsditch Murders and the Siege of Sidney Street, A Storm in the Blood ushers readers into a world of

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A Storm in the Blood is a wise and searching historical novel of political intrigue and terrorist action in turn-of-the-century London from Jon Stephen Fink, acclaimed author of Further Adventures. Based on the compelling true story of the Houndsditch Murders and the Siege of Sidney Street, A Storm in the Blood ushers readers into a world of violence, political crime, ethnic unrest, police oppression, and political subterfuge that speaks directly to an audience attuned to the backgrounds of modern terrorist actions from 9/11 to Mumbai.

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Publishers Weekly
Events that took place in London nearly 100 year ago—the Houndsditch Murders and the Siege of Sidney Street—form the basis of Fink's captivating ensemble crime drama. In early 20th-century Russian-occupied Latvia, Rivka Bermansfelt witnesses her father's attack on a Russian soldier, which leaves her a fugitive. She escapes to London and falls in with a colorful group of Jewish and other immigrant revolutionaries who tend to appreciate the arts and wish to live simple lives in America or Australia. Among them is Peter, a painter with a dark past, whom Rivka falls for while the group plots a jewel heist. All around, appearances are misleading: people think of Rivka as a hardened terrorist, but she just wants to be a singer; Peter gains the reputation as a criminal mastermind even though he's only minimally involved in the notorious murders that happened during the botched heist. While on the surface, the novel relates events of the present day to the terrorism of the past, Fink's story goes deeper, creating a compelling and psychologically driven tale of people who have lost their way in the world. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061943409
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
File size:
454 KB

Meet the Author

Jon Stephen Fink is the author of the novel Further Adventures, which has just been re-issued by Harper Perennial in an edition newly revised by the author. His poetry has been published in the Chicago Review and The New York Quarterly, among other magazines. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in Great Britain, where he is working on his sixth novel, The Return of The Green Ray.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JS Fink expertly uses events of the past to shine a light on complex current events. Who are political terrorists? How "political" are they really - and in the end, are their reasons to wreak havoc on innocent citizens purely personal? The setting of this book is a period I knew nothing about - Eastern European anarchists and nationalists in "Sherlock Holmes'" London. Very atmospheric and beautifully depicted scenes of the grimy East End in 1910. The story raises many questions about the perpetrators of violence, their motives, self-justification and inner nature. I read the book in three days, and each time I closed the cover I couldn't wait to get back to reading.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
"A Storm in the Blood" by Jon Stephen Fink is a novel based on true events. In 1910 London, three policemen were killed by Latvian revolutionaries and became known as the Houndsditch murders. Fink takes this event and brings it to life, creating a historical novel where the reader gets to know the characters and learn why they did what they did. Remarkable stuff.
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