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Watcher in the Shadows Hardcover – October 1, 1977


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (October 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140019626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140019629
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Household...helped to develop the suspense story into an art form NEW YORK TIMES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Geoffrey Household was a prolific novelist of political thrillers and suspense stories, most notably the classic ROGUE MALE, which, THE TIMES recently declared, 'remains as exciting and probing as ever'. He was as widely travelled as the settings of his books suggest: after graduating from Magdalen College, Oxford, with a first in English literature he worked abroad for 25 years, and served in British Intelligence during the Second World War in Greece and the Middle East. He married twice and eventually settled in the English countryside with his wife and three children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Buckwalter on April 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing work of fiction that is impossible to put down before it is finished. If you have ever visited England in the summer you will appreciate Household's love of the countryside and the intense beauty of it. Household weaves together a story about a man who is forced to confront his past by an unknown stalker, and a beautiful woman who is struggling to find what she wants out of life. Nature, human and otherwise, figure strongly in this amazing story that defies catagorization.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A pity most of Household's books seem to be out of print. The best of them are elegant, thoughtful, and suspenseful, written with an economy that many of today's purveyors of bloated "epics" might well envy. Watcher is probably my favorite of them: concise, immaculately paced, and imbued with a precise and loving sense of place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Brandt on July 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ten years after the War, Charles Dennim lives quietly as a zoologist in rural England. On a quiet morning in May, his trip to the front door to gather the mail is interrupted by a bomb blast. Thus begins the most finely crafted chase novel in my reading experience.

Mr. Dennim's unknown antagonist blames him for the death, in a German concentration camp, of his wife. What the bomber does not know is that Dennim - a Gestapo captain - worked secretly for the Allies to free specific prisoners.

Household's writing in this book reveals his affection for the English countryside in the early '50s, and portrays a protagonist with as fine a sense of moral conduct as any I have ever read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maine Character on February 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
David Morrell was inspired by Household's books, and after enjoying Rogue Male, I thought I'd give this one a try as well. While it has some great points, it's not as solid or engaging as the earlier work, written twenty years before.

Household is a fine writer (he once described Rogue Male as "sort of a bastard of Stevenson and Conrad"), and his narrator gives keen insights on warfare and espionage. This is fitting, due to Household's own WWII experience in British Intelligence.

Throughout the book the narrator is caught in a chess game of sorts with a very worthy opponent, a mysterious figure seeking revenge for a tragedy that occurred during the war, and the last forty-two pages, when they finally engage, are superb.

The problem is in getting there. Once he knows he's the target of an assassin, the narrator, a naturalist, has to take action against someone he can't see. And so there's lots of him thinking, trying to gauge his opponent's moves, which is great at the start, but soon wears old. It's all "he might," "he would," and "he may," without any conflict. And he constantly goes back over the legal ramifications of what he might do, and so on. In short, too much talking about nothing happening.

There's plenty of suspense and uncertainty, and even a couple of startling shocks, but today's readers will find it slow going. There's also just four chapter breaks, which makes each one seem like they go on forever.

Still, there's a lot going for it, as in the mystery of the narrator's part in the war, and a great, understated scene in how he acquires a pistol.
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