A Rough Shoot by Geoffrey Household

By Geoffrey Household

A vintage mystery set in Dorset after the second one global battle, packed with Household's signature motion and suspense.

An afternoon's taking pictures within the state turns out a delightful prospect to Roger Taine, a revered relations guy with a extraordinary army list. but if he discovers a poacher on his land, he fires a caution blast that prevents the intruder lifeless in his tracks.

Investigating extra, Taine inadvertently uncovers a new-fascist plot which he's decided to thwart. a sequence of vehicle chases, aeroplane drops and cross-country scrambles sharpen the secret, however the event takes a brand new twist while Taine discovers that he himself is being pursued through the police.

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Either I had to investigate every cracking branch, every inexplicable sound, or none at all. And so it was that I didn’t pay attention until the final rush of feet. I ascribe my safety to sheer animal panic, for I am no athlete. All my suppressed fears exploded instantaneously and I jumped sideways and off, like a hare out of her form. As my pursuers stumbled over the stones, I increased a lead of five yards to twenty. I led them towards the road and then dived–literally dived, headfirst–over a gap in the hedge which I knew was closed by five strands of barbed wire.

I said. “Have you not enough to eat with what the government allows you? A carefully balanced diet approved by all the statisticians? ” “At least I understand it,” I replied with a grin, swinging the rabbit at him. ” he squalled. ” “Certainly not. I have no religion. ” He was a lovely little man. I didn’t want to lose him till he had told me everything he knew; so I apologized, and asked to be shown the light. He recommended several pamphlets which, I gathered, pleaded for the trap as more humane than the gun.

And so it was that I didn’t pay attention until the final rush of feet. I ascribe my safety to sheer animal panic, for I am no athlete. All my suppressed fears exploded instantaneously and I jumped sideways and off, like a hare out of her form. As my pursuers stumbled over the stones, I increased a lead of five yards to twenty. I led them towards the road and then dived–literally dived, headfirst–over a gap in the hedge which I knew was closed by five strands of barbed wire. They crashed into it as I picked myself up, and gave tongue loudly in oaths that certainly weren’t those of local men.

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