Real adventure, of the bloody horrible variety, drawn from Man-eaters of Kumaon, The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, and five other Corbett collections (virtually all now o.p.). Corbett (1875-1955) was born in northern India and lived and worked there for 72 years, sometimes on railways, sometimes as a businessman, and as a soldier in both great wars. Nearly all of the stories are about animals, rogue tigers and leopards Corbett stalked, but most also keep you deeply rooting for the human beings involved who may soon become prey of the killer cats, and there are many vivid portraits of the poor. Their resignation to disease and early death is never far off, but their loyalty to Corbett is often quite moving. Chiefly, though, these are tales of terror, with whole villages spellbound by deep growls in the starless night. . . while the reader's nerves prickle and his muscles tense.