- The Most Dangerous Game (Gavin Lyall novel)
infobox Book |
name = The Most Dangerous Game
image_caption = First edition cover
language = English
genre = Spy, Thriller,
Hodder & Stoughton
release_date = 1964
media_type = Print (Hardback &
pages = 255 pp (hardback edition) & 224 pp (paperback edition)
isbn = ISBN 0-340-53023-5 (paperback edition)
The Wrong Side of the Sky
Midnight Plus One
Bill Cary is a
bush pilotliving in Laplandin northern Finland, making a precarious living flying aerial surveyflights looking for nickeldeposits, and occasional charter cargo flights of dubious legitimacy in his beat-up old de Havilland Beaver. Towards the end of the flying season, a wealthy American hunter hires him to fly into a prohibited part of Finland near the Soviet border in order to hunt bear. Subsequently, he is assaulted by thugs when he refuses a charter contract to search for a lost Tsarist treasure, comes under suspicion from the Finnish police for smugglingwhen Tsarist-era gold sovereigns start turning up, and from the Finnish secret policefor espionage. However, things get more serious when the wealthy American's hunter's beautiful sister turns up to search for her brother, and his fellow bush pilots start getting killed off in a series of suspicious accidents. Carr suspects that the events he in increasingly involved in may stem from an incident in his wartime past.
The plot of the Gavin Lyall novel is totally different from the earlier and arguablyweasel more famous "
The Most Dangerous Game" short storyabout hunting humans as a sport.
Literary significance & criticism
The Most Dangerous Game was a runner-up for the British
Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Awardin 1964. [Guardian obituary, "infra."]
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