Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (Shane’s book 10, 2008)

This 1939 thriller is another chase novel. The hero is an unnamed Englishman with, it is suggested, some measure of social standing, who attempts to assassinate a European dictator, also unnamed but presumably Hitler. He is caught while stalking his prey and, left for dead, escapes back to England. However, he is not safe.  Pursued by spies he is chased from London and ends up in an underground burrow somewhere in Dorset. The action sequences, particularly a cat-and-mouse chase through Aldwych station, are tense and well-written, while the long sections in which the hero is in hiding and waiting convey isolation without ever becoming boring.

The ending is entertainingly elaborate and maintains the novel’s stiff-upper-lip spirit while also explaining the narrator’s hitherto confusing motivations. Rogue Male has none of the depth of No Country... but on its own terms it’s a thoroughly satisfying read with a unintentionally amusing observations about the English class system.