I'm looking to put together a list of crime / mystery novels where bombs or an explosion set the scene.

I'm drawing a bit of a blank. Any ideas?

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
Death Comes for the Fat Man by Reginald Hill


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Comment by Jon Loomis on June 28, 2010 at 3:46am
Susan Choi's a terrific writer, for any who haven't read her stuff.
Comment by Murder Mystery Librarian on June 28, 2010 at 3:29am
As long as there is a big old explosion it counts!

Love the cover of the Mariner version of Dirty Sweet.

Thanks, Kim
Comment by John McFetridge on June 28, 2010 at 3:06am
Elmore Leonard's Freaky Deaky opens with a bomb and a bomb squad detective is a main character. Also, his 52 Pick-Up features a bomb, though it doesn't "set the scene."

There's a bomb in my own, Dirty Sweet, but again it doesn't start the book.
Comment by Murder Mystery Librarian on June 28, 2010 at 1:29am
Thank you!

These are both wonderful additions and I found a few others the list is growing....

A Person of Interest by Susan Choi
Demolition Angel by Robert Crais
Blood Rain by Michael Dibdin
Act of Treason by Vince Flynn
The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
Comment by Pepper Smith on June 28, 2010 at 1:15am
Hmm. Well, Hot Money by Dick Francis involves a death by bomb, but it's not at the beginning of the book. Don't know if it meets your needs.

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