On December 16, 1910, a band of Latvian revolutionaries killed three unarmed London policemen in what would become one of the most sensational crimes of the era—the infamous Houndsditch Murders. Within weeks two of the terrorist gang were discovered in an East End flat, and hundreds of armed soldiers descended upon them in what became known as the Siege of Sidney Street. After a day-long gun battle, as flames engulfed the building, police entered to find two corpses . . . and the mysterious absence of the one man they wanted dead: a Latvian nationalist and legendary revolutionary called Peter the Painter.
A historical novel 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. Set in turn-of-the-century London—yet speaking directly to an audience attuned to the backgrounds of modern terrorist actions from 9/11 to Mumbai—A Storm in the Blood tells a story of terrorism and fear that will resonate as much with readers today as the original events did in 1910.