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Invitation to a Dynamite Party = The Tick of Death (1974)

by Peter Lovesey

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Series: Sergeant Cribb (5)

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'The Tick Of Death' or 'Invitation To A Dynamite Party' as the much more accurate English title describes the plot. Sergeant Cribb of Scotland Yard is sent on an undercover mission to infiltrate a group of Irish bomb-makers. There has been a series of explosions in London which up to yet have caused little damage,however it has been discovered that a more accurate bomb is being developed. Cribb is sent to the Woolwich Arsenal on a crash course on explosives and then infiltrates himself into the group of anarchists in an attempt to discover and prevent the plot. It transpires that the' Prince of Wales' is the target and Cribb has to use all of his ingenuity to foil the attempt.
This is an easy and amusing read with some excellent characters which include several sinister villains. ( )
  devenish | May 26, 2012 |
Comments later.
  nocto | Dec 15, 2010 |
Comic detective novel on an attempt to blow up Queen Victoria ( )
  wrichard | Dec 11, 2005 |
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The infernal machine lay in an underground room in the Danger Buildings of the Royal Arsenal.
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also published as 'Invitation to a Dynamite Party'
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'You must understand that we are not dealing with petty thieves or one of your backyard murderers, Cribb. We are fighting a secret society pledged to wrench Ireland from Her Majesty's dominion by every means at its disposal.' The year is 1884. London is being terrorised by a series of bomb blasts - even within Great Scotland Yard! Reluctantly, Sergeant Cribb attends a course in the science of infernal machines in a bid to gain expert knowledge of explosives and beat the criminals at their own game. With Constable Thackeray the prime suspect, Cribb feels bound for professional and personal reasons to track down the truth at any cost. And very soon he is abducted at gunpoint by an Irish-American hammer-thrower and finds himself an unwilling but vital member of the Dynamite Party...
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