It was first published in 1907 and recently adapted for the screen as Lone Wolf
starring Hugo Weaving. The novel is set in London where the disreputable Verloc leads a well-to-do life. He is persuaded to set off a bomb at the Greenwich Observatory, to make the government more aware of anarchists in their midst. It is regarded as one of the first espionage novels and one where terrorism is explored for the first time.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GILES FODEN London is under threat. It has become a haven for political exiles and anarchists. Frequent bomb threats and disturbances interrupt the lives of the city's inhabitants, who live in fear of the terrorists in their midst. One such terrorist is Verloc. He is the secret agent who is given the mission to strike right at the heart of London's pride by blowing up Greenwich Observatory. But his decision to drag his innocent family into the plot leads to tragic consequences on a more personal than political level.