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Richard Hannay, Buchan's hero in this 1915 thriller, stumbles across a terrorist plot to destabilize Europe. A British spy in the mold of James Bond, Hannay is an action man with a polished veneer. After a series of murders, Hannay takes up the cause when he has to go on the run. A thrilling series of events come to an exciting conclusion.
Table of Contents
Chapter 01: The Man who Died
Chapter 02: The Milkman Sets Out on his Travels
Chapter 03: The Adventure of the Literary Innkeeper
Chapter 04: The Adventure of the Radical Candidate
Chapter 05: The Adventure of the Spectacled Roadman
Chapter 06: The Adventure of the Bald Archaeologist
Chapter 07: The Dry-Fly Fisherman
Chapter 08: The Coming of the Black Stone
Chapter 09: The Thirty-Nine Steps
Chapter 10: Various Parties Converging on the Sea
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (1875–1940) was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, biographer and diplomat.
The son of a minister, Buchan was born in Perth, Scotland. Buchan won a scholarship to Oxford and received several writing awards while studying classic literature. After traveling the world in diplomatic circles, Buchan spent time running for political office, publishing a magazine and writing spy thrillers.
After success in many arenas and impressing many with his contributions during WWI, Buchan was appointed Governor General of Canada, where he served until his death. Upon his appointment, King George V, made him a peer.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Byron on 08-06-13

Great classic mystery

THE 39 STEPS by John Buchan is a classic mystery of political intrigue before WW2. Richard Hannay is feeling board in his apartment in London, when a stranger comes telling a tale of intrigue. When a dead body is found in Hannay's room, he goes on the run, trying to fulfill the stranger's job of warning the English of impending danger. Many close calls keep Hannay on the run. He much convince the powers to be that he knows what he's talking about, and catch the German spies.

This classic mystery is well done with many small adventures with every chapter. Hitchcock did a great film of this story of espionage and intrigue just before WW2. Without car chases, computers, or many fire arms that make up so many of today's thrillers, Buchan maintains a great pace in this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ch on 09-11-07

Enjoyable escapism

I enjoyed the historical setting/context of this book.
I thought the reader did an excellent job.
I could well imagine Alfred Hitchcock making a movie of this -- it was fast paced and mysterious in parts.
I could detect influences of other writers of his time.
The only complaint I might make is that the book's plot is a bit simplistic compared to contemporary suspense work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 12-06-16

Top book

Excellently read, great characterisations.
Would highly recommend it.
But i do prefer the film version.

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