An English sportsman plans to assassinate the dictator of a European country, in this enormously influential 1939 thriller by Geoffrey Household (who was himself employed by British intelligence in Europe during World War II). But the would-be hunter is foiled at the last moment and handed over to ruthless and inventive torturers, who devise for him an ingenious death—but they bungle the job and he escapes back to Britain. Home, however, is no longer safe, and he realizes that he is now the hunted.
"Rogue Male remains as exciting and probing as ever, and the reason lies as much in its incisive psychology and timeless crispness of language as in its sensational plot."—Times (London)