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Blow the House Down

Blow the House Down

(1970)
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With the completion of Mallory Heights, the towering block of flats designed by the world-famous architect Sir George Strand, it looks as though the housing and race problems of the town of Randelwyck will finally be solved. But things start to go wrong. A German professor, about to criticize Strand's design, is murdered; a town hall employee sees a model of the Heights vibrate in a machine-made hurricane; a madman endeavours to destroy the building with high explosive. The authorities believe that God's True Sailormen, a ghoulish secret society, were behind this attempt at sabotage. But before they can complete their investigation, thousands of demonstrators crazed by mob oratory attack and occupy the building and the dying Sir George Strand reveals the true secret of his brilliant but unorthodox design. John Blackburn powerfully evokes the atmosphere of doom which surrounds the building; the unpredictable violence of disordered elements and deranged men.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 1970 : UK Hardback
Title: Blow the House Down
Author(s): John Blackburn
ISBN: 0-224-61821-0 / 978-0-224-61821-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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