Rogue Male - Geoffrey Household 1939 - Chatto and Windus, London - First Edition A young man engages in his own unique version of ‘the most dangerous game’, as he stalks an unnamed European dictator, supposedly not with the intent to kill, but simply for the joy of the hunt. After he is caught, tortured, and left for dead, the young man must evade the authorities and cross several perilous borders, though the temptation of a second shot seems all too enticing...

As relevant now as it was in 1939, the novel explores the impact of totalitarian rule on ordinary citizens, and becomes a fascinating glimpse into the fragile line between the hunter and the hunted: recalling Nietzschean philosophy:
‘Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you’.
  Featured on the ‘top 100’ lists of the Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers Associations, and critic Julian Symons.

Geoffrey Household
(1900-88) might very well be a contender for one of the most eclectic career paths of all time. After studying English literature at Oxford, Household joined the Bank of Romania as an assistant confidential secretary, though he quickly abandoned this to travel to Spain, becoming the chief marketing manager for the United Fruit Company, dealing specifically with bananas. He then wrote several children’s plays for Columbia Broadcasting System, worked as a traveling salesman in South America and the Middle East, and then, served as a member of the British intelligence service during the Second World War, before settling down to write novels following the allied victory.

Provenance: F. Barnes, with his signature and what one may assume to be his pencilled editing to a few passages of a more adult nature. Small bookseller label of R.H. Blackwell, Ltd., Oxford.

Octavo (19.5 x 13 cm). pp. [8] 271 [1]. In publisher’s purple cloth, spine lettered in white.
  Condition: Near fine, minor fading to spine, light edge wear.   Ref: 108979   Price: HK$ 3,800