The Thirty Nine Steps, John Buchan

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In May 1914 Europe is close to war. Richard Hannay has just arrived back in London from Rhodesia and learns of an assassination plot. On returning to his flat later, he discovers his confidant, Scudder, dead. Under surveillance by the plotters, and feeling himself a prime suspect in Scudder's murder, he makes his way to Scotland where he hopes to foil the plot and clear his name. Thrilling, suspenseful action. Buchanan eventually wrote four other novels featuring Richard Hannay.

All-time Classic.Published 1915. (111 Kb)