“ Genre: Crime / Thriller. Read by: Robin Brown „
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
== Plot ==
An unnamed Englishman plans to assassinate a European dictator but he is caught before he can go through with his plan. His captors torture and leave him for dead, but he survives and makes his way back to England. He knows the bad guys will come after him if they find out he is alive so he decides to go into hiding. The hunter becomes the hunted . . .
== My thoughts ==
This was published in 1939. I normally don't read anything written prior to the 1950's but this is one of the handful of novels I have read and liked.
This is written in the first person in the form of a written account of what happened. The author doesn't reveal his name but you do learn he is a twat from the aristocracy. He comes across as being a posh, snobbish kind of a guy, which was enhanced by the narrators voice on this audio book. The narrator is Robin Browne. He speaks in a upper class accent which helps to make you get into the story. Most of the novel is set in the outsides, in the countryside, which I think is another reason it has a timeless quality. I felt I could imagine the settings he described and the emotions the main character felt. Some quaint language / grammar is used which I felt helped you to feel like you are in 1930's England.
By the end of the novel, I did change my opinion about the main character. I thought he was a smart guy. I liked the fact he didn't try to justify his actions and go into a long discussion about why he wanted to kill the European dictator, and just said he wanted to kill him for a bit of sport. I could imagine a upper class twat from the 1930's saying that. I remember watching a documentary a while back and it seemed like a lot of rich people went on safari hunting trips at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The story had that kind of a feel to it. It felt like a hunt in the way it is written but the author is the prey instead of the hunter.
There isn't much action or violence for most of the book, but I still found it a gripping read. Most of it is spent waiting for the bad guys. The author does a fine job of building up the suspense right till the end. I wanted to find out how the main character would get out of the mess he had got himself into. The fact that this is a fairly short novel also helped as it didn't feel like the author had added any kind of extra padding on just for the sake of it.
This audio book was unabridged and was approximately 6 hours and 10 mins in length.
== Summary and recommendation ==
I give this five stars. It is a short, well-paced classic novel.