Rogue Male (novel)

Rogue Male (1939) by Geoffrey Household is a classic thriller novel of the 1930s, about a British sportsman (like Richard Hannay, hero of several John Buchan novels) who tries to see if he could shoot a European dictator - obviously modelled on Adolf Hitler - without really intending to. This attempt fails and the anonymous hero is hunted down in England, eventually trapped in an underground burrow. The book was filmed in Hollywood in 1941 as Man Hunt, starring Walter Pidgeon and George Sanders, and as Rogue Male in 1976 for BBC TV, starring Peter O'Toole and Alistair Sim.

The book influenced David Morrell's first novel, the 1972 'hunted man' action thriller First Blood, which spawned the Rambo movie series. Morrell has acknowledged the debt in several interviews, including: "When I started First Blood back in 1968, I was deeply influenced by Geoffrey Household's Rogue Male

Household published a sequel, Rogue Justice, in 1982.

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