Watcher in the Shadows #2020

Watcher in the Shadows By Geoffrey Household Watcher in the Shadows Similar to Rogue in plot two master hunters this time from WWII intelligence go after each other in a duel in the dark English countryside some ten years after VE Day
  • Title: Watcher in the Shadows
  • Author: Geoffrey Household
  • ISBN: 9780316374286
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Watcher in the Shadows By Geoffrey Household Similar to Rogue in plot, two master hunters this time from WWII intelligence go after each other in a duel in the dark English countryside some ten years after VE Day.
    Watcher in the Shadows By Geoffrey Household
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    About "Geoffrey Household"

    1. Geoffrey Household

      British author of mostly thrillers, though among 37 books he also published children s fiction Household s flight and chase novels, which show the influence of John Buchan, were often narrated in the first person by a gentleman adventurer Among his best know works is Rogue Male 1939 , a suggestive story of a hunter who becomes the hunted, in 1941 filmed by Fritz Lang as Man Hunt Household s fast paced story foreshadowed such international bestsellers as Richard Condon s thriller The Manchurian Candidate 1959 , Frederick Forsyth s The Day of the Jackal 1971 , and Ken Follett s Eye of the Needle 1978.In 1922 Household received his B.A in English from Magdalen College, Oxford, and between 1922 and 1935 worked in commerce abroad, moving to the US in 1929 During World War II, Household served in the Intelligence Corps in Romania and the Middle East.Household also published an autobiography, Against the Wind 1958 , and several collections of short stories, which he himself considered his best work.

    405 thoughts on “Watcher in the Shadows”

    1. Another thoroughly satisfying manhunt novel from Household There are a number of similarities here to Rogue Male, but also many significant differences The protagonist is not quite so isolated or defenseless, and yet the stakes are just as high.This time, the metaphor at the heart of the novel is that of blind chess the German Intelligence chess, in which a player never sees his opponent s men at all He is told by a referee when a move is impossible and when he has taken or lost a piece From th [...]


    2. Charles Dennim hasn t got an enemy in the world So why would someone send him a bomb in the mail Because he is also Baron Karol von Dennim, and he once worked at Buchenwald as a Gestapo He was actually working undercover as a British agent, but whoever is trying to kill him apparently hasn t heard that part, so Charles had better come up with a plan fast if he wants to survive.Dennim uses the metaphor of tethering a goat to catch a tiger, and he is using himself as the bait But he has a few tric [...]


    3. Amazing novel Who needs James Patterson, Harlen Corben or the rest of these modern thriller writers Here is the template the quintessential psychological, existential thriller, where good isn t always good and bad isn t necessarily bad Read this and Rogue Male, Household s classic hinter and the hunted book Writing from the top drawer.


    4. This novel starts with a bang literally Charles Dennim receives a letter bomb that blows up and kills the postman instead of its intended target.Dennim, an ex WWII cloak and dagger boy turned zoologist in peacetime, realizes that he is being hunted by a Frenchman who has dedicated himself to tracking down and killing ex Gestapo officers who worked at Buchenwald, which is where Dennim had worked as an undercover British agent Realizing the ruthlessness and dogged persistence of his assailant, Den [...]


    5. It would be disgraceful to die just when my eyes had become English This is a unique, at least in my experience, setup for a thriller When I saw this book in the discard pile of a Chicago bookstore, missing its flap, the triton on the cover striding the waves, the title, and the opening lines invoking ancestry and perverted common sense I thought this was some obscure horror novel in the Lovecraft vein.It was only when I got to the bomb that I realized it was going to be a mystery thriller And w [...]


    6. The second time through, after an interval of forty years, Household s book holds up It goes on the same shelf with Rogue Male, Rogue Justice, and with P M Hubbard s Kill Claudio novels written from the point of view of the hunted, one being stalked by someone at first unknown out of his past Granted, in all three cases, the hunted is equipped to become the hunter, and does though the hunted in Rogue Male remains trapped throughout much of the book s second half It s an interesting subset of the [...]


    7. This is an old favorite Charles Dennim, an Austrian biologist who served undercover in Nazi Germany is living quietly in England after the war One day the postman tries to push a package through his mail box and is killed when the bomb in the package explodes Someone is killing Nazis and the killer doesn t know Dennim was really working for the British.Dennim is torn he doesn t want to die, but he has a certain sympathy for the killer He spends the rest of the book trying to identify and stop th [...]


    8. An excellent adventure story combining that peculiarly British love of countryside, a backdrop of medieval values, and a thrilling and unconventional duel This is in many ways a spy story set in the fields and escarpments of the Cotswolds, with a spare but finely etched collection of characters.


    9. One of Household s thrilling man hunts man sagas the other is Rogue Male Descriptions of the English countryside are wonderful And the final battle at dusk on horseback between the two gentlemen is quite rousing.


    10. Hunter and hunted in the English countryside, a Nazi death camp survivor chasing down his intended foe.Working from a list of books I read years ago.




    11. A compelling story of revenge after World War II A relative of an inmate of Ravensbruck attempts to kill a man whom he believes was a concentration camp guard.


    12. Four stars for a project of limited scope It is refreshing to see the male hero of the European tradition, where reserve is valued above passion.


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