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Household, Geoffrey - Rogue Male - ( Item 125343 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2013. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Near Fine slipcase. Slight bump to top corner of slipcase. Slight uneven fading to panels of slipcase. Introduced by John Banville. Illustrated by David Rooney. Bound in paper with a design by David Rooney. Set in Utopia. 172 pages. 7 integrated full-page black & white illustrations. Book size: 9" x 6". Rogue Male opens, literally, with a cliffhanger. The narrator has just been thrown off the edge of a precipice and is clinging on by the fingertips. He survives the fall and struggles through a muddy stream before climbing a tree, there to hide from the uniformed figures searching below. It transpires that he has just tried to assassinate the leader of an unnamed country with a hunting rifle. There follows a fast-paced cat-and-mouse chase across Europe as the hero struggles to evade the authorities and carry out his mission 'to do justice where no other hand could reach.' In his introduction, Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville warns against reading Rogue Male on the train, 'for you will surely end up missing your stop'. This is a tense thriller with echoes of John Buchan, Eric Ambler and Graham Greene. First published in 1939, the story appears to be a prescient account of an attempt to assassinate Hitler though the anonymous narrator does not consider himself an assassin but 'a sportsman who couldn't resist the temptation to stalk the impossible.' Born in 1900, Geoffrey Household had a varied career that encompassed working for a Romanian bank, marketing bananas in Spain, and serving with British Intelligence during the Second World War. Rogue Male was his most successful novel, adapted as a film in 1941 by Fritz Lang and more recently for radio and television. To illustrate our edition we have commissioned David Rooney, a leading Irish artist whose portfolio includes the Folio Plutarch's Lives. Rooney employs a scraperboard technique to create bold monochrome images that perfectly convey the rapid economy of the story. In a nod to the cat-and-mouse theme, the artist has integrated his illustrations with the text, giving the effect of movement across the page. Together with Banville's introduction, this is a fine new presentation of a gripping story.

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