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A 1939 {{thriller}} novel written by Geoffrey Household, in which a bored upper-class British hunter is found and arrested on the grounds of an [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler un-named European dictator]]'s residence with his hunting rifle in hand. His claim, maintained under torture, that he was stalking the dictator purely as an exercise in the skill of the hunt and that he had no intention of firing is so audacious that it is almost believed -- but nonetheless he cannot be allowed to live. To execute such a well-connected Briton would cause an international incident, so his captors decide to kill him by throwing him over a cliff so that his body will show injuries consistent with accidental death. Though badly injured he survives and manages to make his way to the Channel and from there back to England. Where he discovers that home does not mean safety, nor an end to the pursuit.

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A classic 1939 {{thriller}} novel written by British author Geoffrey Household, in which a bored Household.

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upper-class British hunter sportsman is found and arrested on the grounds of an [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler un-named unnamed European dictator]]'s residence with his hunting rifle in hand.hand, and subsequently arrested. His claim, maintained under torture, that he was stalking the dictator purely as an exercise in the skill of the hunt and that he had no intention of firing is so audacious that it is almost believed -- but nonetheless he cannot be allowed to live. To execute such a well-connected Briton would cause an international incident, so his captors decide to kill him by throwing him over a cliff so that his body will show injuries consistent with accidental death. Though badly injured he survives and manages to make his way to the Channel and from there back to England. Where he discovers that home does not mean safety, nor an end to the pursuit.

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Adapted into the 1941 [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyStudios 20th Century-Fox]] film ''[[TheFilmOfTheBook Man Hunt]]'', directed by Creator/FritzLang and starring Creator/WalterPidgeon, Creator/JoanBennett, Creator/GeorgeSanders, Creator/JohnCarradine, and Creator/RoddyMcDowall. A MadeForTVMovie version under the original title was produced by Creator/TheBBC in 1976, directed by Clive Donner and starring Creator/PeterOToole in the lead role.

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* NoNameGiven: The protagonist is unnamed.


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-->-- Epigraph to ''Literature/RogueMale''

1939 thriller written by Geoffrey Household in which a bored upper-class British hunter is arrested in the grounds of an [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler un-named dictator]]'s residence with his hunting rifle in hand. His claim, maintained under torture, that he was stalking the dictator purely as an exercise in the skill of the hunt and that he had no intention of firing is so audacious that it is almost believed - but nonetheless he cannot be allowed to live. To execute such a well-connected Briton would cause an international incident, so his captors decide to kill him by throwing him over a cliff so that his body will show injuries consistent with accidental death. Though badly injured he survives and manages to make his way to the Channel and from there back to England. Where he discovers that home does not mean safety, nor an end to the pursuit.

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\n-->-- Epigraph '''{{Epigraph}}''' to ''Literature/RogueMale''

A 1939 thriller {{thriller}} novel written by Geoffrey Household Household, in which a bored upper-class British hunter is found and arrested in on the grounds of an [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler un-named European dictator]]'s residence with his hunting rifle in hand. His claim, maintained under torture, that he was stalking the dictator purely as an exercise in the skill of the hunt and that he had no intention of firing is so audacious that it is almost believed - -- but nonetheless he cannot be allowed to live. To execute such a well-connected Briton would cause an international incident, so his captors decide to kill him by throwing him over a cliff so that his body will show injuries consistent with accidental death. Though badly injured he survives and manages to make his way to the Channel and from there back to England. Where he discovers that home does not mean safety, nor an end to the pursuit. \n

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The protagonist instructing Muller on how to spend a night, concealed, in Lisbon. [[RedLightDistrict "If you drink a coffee at any of the bars in the centre of the town,]] I expect some way of passing a discreet but pleasant night will occur to you." Muller later repeats these instructions 'crudely'.

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The protagonist instructing Muller on how GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to spend a night, concealed, in Lisbon. [[RedLightDistrict "If overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you drink a coffee at any of the bars are reading this in the centre of future, please check the town,]] I expect some way of passing a discreet but pleasant night will occur trope page to you." Muller later repeats these instructions 'crudely'.make sure your example fits the current definition.

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* ItAmusedMe: What the protagonist believes to be the reason for his assassination attempt. It's not until the final stages of the book that he admits to himself that [[ItsPersonal he is really seeking revenge for his lover, killed by the dictatorship]]

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* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: The killing of the protagonist's lover by the unnamed dictatorship, leading to the events of the novel]]; Quive-Smith's slaughter of Asmodeus, which overcomes the protagonist's reluctance to kill again.


* OhCrap: Muller when the protagonist [[spoiler: holds him at gunpoint after having killed Quive-Smith and escaped from his lair]]. He also exhibited [[BringMeMyBrownPants 'all the involuntary reactions of panic']]

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* OhCrap: Muller when the protagonist [[spoiler: holds him at gunpoint after having killed Quive-Smith and escaped from his lair]]. He also exhibited [[BringMeMyBrownPants [[BringMyBrownPants 'all the involuntary reactions of panic']]


1939 thriller written by Geoffrey Household in which a bored upper-class British hunter is arrested in the grounds of an [[AdolfHitler un-named dictator]]'s residence with his hunting rifle in hand. His claim, maintained under torture, that he was stalking the dictator purely as an exercise in the skill of the hunt and that he had no intention of firing is so audacious that it is almost believed - but nonetheless he cannot be allowed to live. To execute such a well-connected Briton would cause an international incident, so his captors decide to kill him by throwing him over a cliff so that his body will show injuries consistent with accidental death. Though badly injured he survives and manages to make his way to the Channel and from there back to England. Where he discovers that home does not mean safety, nor an end to the pursuit.

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1939 thriller written by Geoffrey Household in which a bored upper-class British hunter is arrested in the grounds of an [[AdolfHitler [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler un-named dictator]]'s residence with his hunting rifle in hand. His claim, maintained under torture, that he was stalking the dictator purely as an exercise in the skill of the hunt and that he had no intention of firing is so audacious that it is almost believed - but nonetheless he cannot be allowed to live. To execute such a well-connected Briton would cause an international incident, so his captors decide to kill him by throwing him over a cliff so that his body will show injuries consistent with accidental death. Though badly injured he survives and manages to make his way to the Channel and from there back to England. Where he discovers that home does not mean safety, nor an end to the pursuit.


->"'' The behavior of a rogue may fairly be described as individual, separation from its fellows appearing to increase both in cunning and ferocity. These solitary beasts, exasperated by chronic pain or widowerhood, are occasionally found among all the larger carnivores and graminivores, and are generally males, though, in the case of hippopotami, the wanton viciousness of the cows is not to be disregarded.''"

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->"'' The ->"''The behavior of a rogue may fairly be described as individual, separation from its fellows appearing to increase both in cunning and ferocity. These solitary beasts, exasperated by chronic pain or widowerhood, are occasionally found among all the larger carnivores and graminivores, and are generally males, though, in the case of hippopotami, the wanton viciousness of the cows is not to be disregarded.''"



1939 thriller written by Geoffrey Household in which a bored upper-class British hunter is arrested in the grounds of an [[AdolfHitler un-named dictator]]'s residence with his hunting rifle in hand. His claim, maintained under torture, that he was stalking the dictator purely as an exercise in the skill of the hunter and that he had no intention of firing is so audacious that it is almost believed - but nonetheless he cannot be allowed to live. To execute such a well-connected Briton would cause an international incident, so his captors decide to kill him by throwing him over a cliff so that his body will show injuries consistent with accidental death. Though badly injured he survives and manages to make his way to the Channel and from there back to England. Where he discovers that home does not mean safety, nor an end to the pursuit.

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1939 thriller written by Geoffrey Household in which a bored upper-class British hunter is arrested in the grounds of an [[AdolfHitler un-named dictator]]'s residence with his hunting rifle in hand. His claim, maintained under torture, that he was stalking the dictator purely as an exercise in the skill of the hunter hunt and that he had no intention of firing is so audacious that it is almost believed - but nonetheless he cannot be allowed to live. To execute such a well-connected Briton would cause an international incident, so his captors decide to kill him by throwing him over a cliff so that his body will show injuries consistent with accidental death. Though badly injured he survives and manages to make his way to the Channel and from there back to England. Where he discovers that home does not mean safety, nor an end to the pursuit.


* {{Epigraph}}: As quoted above. It contains a TitleDrop and foreshadows the cunning and ferocity that the solitary protagonist demonstrates in the story. A hint as to his motives is also given.

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* {{Epigraph}}: As quoted above.above, describing the behaviour of rogue males among the animals that the protagonist is accustomed to hunt. It contains a TitleDrop and foreshadows the cunning and ferocity that the solitary protagonist demonstrates in the story. A hint as to his motives is also given.


* {{Epigraph}}: As quoted above, and containing a TitleDrop and a foreshadowing of the cunning and ferocity that the solitary protagonist demonstrates in the story. A hint as to his motives is also given.

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* {{Epigraph}}: As quoted above, and containing above. It contains a TitleDrop and a foreshadowing of foreshadows the cunning and ferocity that the solitary protagonist demonstrates in the story. A hint as to his motives is also given.

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* {{Epigraph}}: As quoted above, and containing a TitleDrop and a foreshadowing of the cunning and ferocity that the solitary protagonist demonstrates in the story. A hint as to his motives is also given.

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->"'' The behavior of a rogue may fairly be described as individual, separation from its fellows appearing to increase both in cunning and ferocity. These solitary beasts, exasperated by chronic pain or widowerhood, are occasionally found among all the larger carnivores and graminivores, and are generally males, though, in the case of hippopotami, the wanton viciousness of the cows is not to be disregarded.''"

-->-- Epigraph to ''Literature/RogueMale''

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Twice made into a movie, by Creator/FritzLang as ''Man Hunt'' (1941) and a 1970s TV movie starring Creator/PeterOToole.

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