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4.0 out of 5 stars Twenty- Something Years On, A Re- Read for this Classic Ripping Yarn, 30 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Rogue Male (Paperback)
I first read 'Rogue Male' twenty- four years ago, in 1989, and remember it as a ripping yarn in the mould of 'The Thirty- Nine Steps' and 'The Riddle of the Sands'. It is still that- upper class Englishman attempts to assassinate Central European dictator (presumably Hitler) and is pursued by vengeful secret Agent Quive- Smith back to England where a cat- and- mouse game is played out in deepest Dorset- and is deservedly a classic 'flight and pursuit' thriller. The language manages to be both precise and rollicking at the same time, which is quite a feat, even if rather dated in style. (The novel was first published in 1939.) This time round, I noticed rather more its prejudices and judgments related to class and politics and- it has to be said- nefarious foreigners. (The unnamed hero- narrator's remarks about Muller, Quive- Smith's stolid Swiss accomplice, are utterly damning, for example.) Is it a sign of my age, or of the changed times since 1989 (or both) that all these kinds of things occur to me more now?
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