The Thirty-Nine Steps
By John Buchan
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The novel of international intrigue and adventure that set the standard for the modern spy thriller One May evening in 1914, an ordinary Londoner named Richard Hannay receives word
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The Thirty-Nine Steps
Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
18 March 2014
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"Between Kipling and Fleming stands John Buchan, the father of the modern spy thriller." -Christopher Hitchens "[A] classic tale of espionage and intrigue." -Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

John Buchan (1875-1940) was a Scottish diplomat, politician, historian, and novelist. From 1935 to 1940 he served as the governor general of Canada. His most popular novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), is the first in a series detailing the adventures of hero Richard Hannay, and established the conventions of the modern spy thriller.