The Most Dangerous Game (novel)

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The Most Dangerous Game
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First edition cover
Author Gavin Lyall
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Spy, Thriller, Novel
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 255 pp (hardback edition) & 224 pp (paperback edition)
ISBN 0-340-53023-5 (paperback edition)
OCLC 59148759
Preceded by The Wrong Side of the Sky
Followed by Midnight Plus One

The Most Dangerous Game is a first person narrative novel by English author Gavin Lyall, first published in 1964. The plot of the novel is totally different from the Richard Connell short story "The Most Dangerous Game".

Plot introduction[edit]

Bill Cary is a bush pilot living in Lapland in northern Finland, making a precarious living flying aerial survey flights looking for nickel deposits, 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 smuggling when Tsarist-era gold sovereigns start turning up, and from the Finnish secret police for espionage. However, things get more serious when the wealthy American 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. Cary suspects that the events he is increasingly involved in may stem from an incident in his wartime past.

Literary significance and criticism[edit]

The Most Dangerous Game was a runner-up for the British Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award in 1964.[1]

Cover to a recent paperback edition


  1. ^ Guardian obituary, infra.