For Arthur Rowe, the trip to the charity fete was a joyful step back into adolescence, a chance to forget the nightmare of the blitzand the aching guilt of having mercifully murdered his sick wife. He was surviving alone, aside from the war, until he happened to guess both the true and the false weight of the cake. From that moment, he finds himself ruthlessly hunted, the quarry of malign and shadowy forces, from which he endeavors to escape with a mind that remains obstinately out of focus.
Released in 1929, The Man Within was Greene's first novel. His story of a hunted man one step ahead of his fate would play into many of his later efforts, including 1943's Ministry of Fear. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.