Hunter (Pierce novel)

Hunter
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AuthorWilliam Luther Pierce (as Andrew Macdonald)
Cover artistDouglas Grigar
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenrePolitical novel
Published1989 (National Vanguard Books)
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages259
ISBN0-937944-09-2 (paperback)
44679377
LC ClassPS3563.A2747
Preceded byThe Turner Diaries 

Hunter is a 1989 novel written by William Luther Pierce, the founder and chairman of National Alliance, a white nationalist group, under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald. Pierce also used this pseudonym to write the better-known The Turner Diaries, a 1978 novel with similar themes. Some consider Hunter a prequel to the Turner Diaries, detailing the rise of the racist paramilitary group termed 'The Organization', which would play a dominant role in the book.

Hunter portrays the actions of Oscar Yeager (anglicization of Jäger, German for hunter), a Vietnam veteran F-4 Phantom pilot and Washington, D.C.-area Defense Department consultant who embarks on a plan to assassinate interracial couples and public figures advocating civil rights in the D.C. area. Yeager's crimes quickly lead to broad national repercussions and draw him into the plans of both a white nationalist group and an ambitious FBI official to take advantage of the turmoil he has helped to start.

Hunter shares with The Turner Diaries Pierce's depiction of the United States as overrun by liberalism and covertly dominated by Jews. His depictions of and attitudes of the protagonists towards Jews, African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians mirror the ideology of Pierce and National Alliance. Hunter reveals this ideology more didactically and directly than did The Turner Diaries. At the novel's beginning, the protagonist is a nonideological racist unattached to antisemitism. He gradually develops his ideology and perspectives during his campaign and through contact with the allies that he meets. Much of the story's dialogue consists of discussion and debate on the "Jewish question."

Pierce's rationale

In contrast to The Turner Diaries, Pierce decided to write a "more realistic novel, Hunter, which shifted away from the idea of an organized group to what an exceptional individual can do. Hunter "serves a real educational process."[1]

Pierce dedicated Hunter to Joseph Paul Franklin who, the notice says, "saw his duty as a White man."[2] Franklin was a white supremacist serial killer who murdered up to 22 people in sniper-style attacks.