THE FUGITIVE by Richard Warren Hatch


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Not a novel, in the ordinary sense, but a psychological study of a murderer in flight. Through the close-up of his thoughts and reactions, one gets the whole story -- the steps leading up to the murder -- the character of the youth, ambitious, determined to escape the stigma of his father's crime, but driven by bitter hate to murder, when his years of self denial are wiped out by a chance happening and his opportunity taken from him. Then the escape -- the overhanging threat of capture -- the idyll with the child which innocently led to his capture -- and the morbid gloating of the countryfolk who read into his character the things they expect to find in a murderer. An extraordinary piece of writing, an interesting psychological study. BUT -- who will want to read it? A limited market.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1938
Publisher: Dodd, Mead