Sunday, October 28, 2007

Rogue Male Recaptured.

I was delighted to discover, after only finding tattered used copies available, that the New York Review of Books Classics will reissue Rogue Male (1939) by Geoffrey Household on Nov 6. This classic work of suspense deals with a big-game hunter who tries to kill a dictator (read Hitler) and is in turn hunted.

Household, pseudonym of Edward West (1900-1988), was an intelligence officer during World War II. His other thrillers include Watcher in the Shadows (1960) and Dance of the Dwarfs (1968). He also wrote short stories and works for children.

Film versions of Rogue Male include Man Hunt (1941; dir. Fritz Lang) with Walter Pidgeon and Rogue Male (1976) with Peter O'Toole.

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