King Rat is a political thriller novel written by James Clavell and published by Dell Publishing Co. The story is set during the Second World War in a prison camp in Japanese-occupied territory. This book marked the debut of James Clavell as a writer and novelist.
The plot is set in early 1945. Peter Marlowe is the lead protagonist in the story. He is a young RAF Flight Lieutenant from England. He has been a prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp since 1942. At the prison, he comes across an American corporal who goes by the name 'The King.' The King is a black marketeer who develops a liking towards Peter. He takes Peter under his wing and involves him in the black market racket in the prison. However, when Robin Grey, a British officer and Provost Marshal of the camp comes to know of this, things start to go awry. Peter must now decide whether to be good and come clean or embrace the dark side and stay with The King. This is a bone-chilling account of the lives of POWs (Prisoners of War) during the Second World War.
The protagonist Peter Marlow is loosely based on the author's real life. Even the author went through a similar situation during the World War II. The King has been caricatured as an anti-hero who despite his follies is much liked by everyone. Robin Grey, on the other hand, is a man of principles who will go to any lengths to make The King pay for his mis-deeds.
About The Author
The author of the book, James Clavell, was an Australian-born British writer. He also served in the Second World War and spent time as a prisoner of war in Java. Some of his most famous literary works include Tai-Pan, Shogun, Noble House, Whirlwind and Gai-Jin, among others. The paperback edition of King Rat is available with an ISBN-10 number of 0340750685 and an ISBN-13 number of 978-0340750685. You can shop online for the book, and we will have it delivered to you at your registered address.