A Storm in the Blood [NOOK Book]

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Based on a true story—a brilliant, compelling, and provocative novel of the roots of terrorism and the perils of the immigration experience set in turn-of-the-century London

On December 16, 1910, three unarmed London policemen were killed by a gang of Latvian revolutionaries. Among the most sensational crimes of the era, the Houndsditch Murders sparked an unprecedented manhunt across the capital, and then exploded into the gunfight that entered history as the Siege of Sidney ...

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Overview

Based on a true story—a brilliant, compelling, and provocative novel of the roots of terrorism and the perils of the immigration experience set in turn-of-the-century London

On December 16, 1910, three unarmed London policemen were killed by a gang of Latvian revolutionaries. Among the most sensational crimes of the era, the Houndsditch Murders sparked an unprecedented manhunt across the capital, and then exploded into the gunfight that entered history as the Siege of Sidney Street. Hundreds of heavily armed soldiers, assembled by then home-secretary Winston Churchill, descended upon the gang. After hours of bloody battle, the police broke into the hideout and discovered the corpses of two men. The ringleader they had expected to find—an urbane and charismatic revolutionary known as Peter the Painter—had mysteriously vanished, along with his mistress, Rivka, a young refugee and Yiddish music hall singer.

Based on a compelling true story, A Storm in the Blood is a gripping tale filled with strange and disturbing echoes, violence, ethnic unrest, political subterfuge, and terrorism—as shocking today as the original events were in 1910.

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061943409
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 431 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

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Petalbreeze

    Name: Petalbreeze <p>

    Rank:? (Hoping to be deputy if the spot is still open) <p>

    Looks: A pretty mottled brown and white she with blue eyes. She is long legged and she is well built.<p>

    Kin: Don't really want to talk about it <p>

    History: None of ya beeswax <p>

    Mate/crush/kits: Nope Nope Nope <p>

    Personality: Meet me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    DawnFall's Bio...

    Is at the book before this one. ~Dawn &#9830

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Bramblestar's & Wingshadow's Biographys

    Name: Bramblestar <p> Gender: &female <p> Age: 21 Moons. <p> Appearance: Light Golden-Brown pelt with Light Golden-Amber eyes. <p> Kin: [ThunderClan] Birdleaf (Mother), Graystrike (Father), Brackenclaw (Brother), Echoleaf (Aunt), & [BloodClan] WhisperGaze (Long Lost Sister). <p> Personality: Wise, Intelligent, Protective, Serious, Loyal, Funny, & Kind. <p> • <p> Name: Wingshadow <p> Gender: &female <p> Age: 26 Moons. <p> Appearance: White pelt & a Dark Gray Stripped tail with Dark Blue eyes. <p> Kin: [LightClan] Thornfall (Mother), Wingdust{star} (Father), Sunstar{tail} (Older Litter Sister), Mossflame{star} (Older Litter Brother), Duststorm (Same Litter Brother), Mountainpaw (De<_>ad, Same Litter Sister, {fall}), Leafstorm (Younger Litter Sister), Whitefang (Younger Litter Brother), [BloodClan] Duskstorm (Grandmother), [PearlClan] Nightstar (Grandfather), Moonfur (Great Grandmother), Tearfoot (Great Grandfather), [StarClan] Stargaze (Great-Great Grandmother), & [Dark Forest] Darkwind (Great-Great Grandfather). [Many more kits of Stargaze & Darkwind. Too many to list and many more branching out from the kids of Thornfall & Duskstorm.] <p> Personality: Wise, Intelligent, Kind, & Shy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    RiverFall and Co.

    Name- RiverFall Gender- She-Cat Age- 14 moons Description- a blue-gray she-cat with green eyes Persona- meet her Rank- wishes to be deputy History- don't ask. Kin- SpottedStorm (sister) rest are dead Other- just ask. @@##$$%%&&**<p> Name- SpottedStorm Gender- she-cat Age- 14 moons Description- a tortoiseshell she with blue eyes Persona- meet her Rank- wishes to be Med Cat History- (brief) When she was young she was attacked by a fox and her hind left leg was mauled to the point it couldn't be used. Kin- RiverFall(sister) rest are dead Other- ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2009

    Dramatic and relevant

    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.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    A Storm in the Blood

    "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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2009

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