The 39 Steps - The Thirty Nine Steps (Full Version) [NOOK Book]

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Hanney, an expatriated Scot, returns from a long stay in South Africa to his flat in London. One night he is buttonholed by an American who appears to know of an anarchist plot to destabilise Europe, and claims to be in fear for his life. Hannay lets the American hide in his flat, and returns later to find that another man has been found shot dead in the same building, apparently a suicide. Four days later Hannay finds the American stabbed to death...
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The 39 Steps - The Thirty Nine Steps (Full Version)

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Overview

Hanney, an expatriated Scot, returns from a long stay in South Africa to his flat in London. One night he is buttonholed by an American who appears to know of an anarchist plot to destabilise Europe, and claims to be in fear for his life. Hannay lets the American hide in his flat, and returns later to find that another man has been found shot dead in the same building, apparently a suicide. Four days later Hannay finds the American stabbed to death...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012185006
  • Publisher: Turner Shaw
  • Publication date: 3/9/2011
  • Series: Richard Hannay Series, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 465,064
  • File size: 384 KB

Meet the Author

John Buchan wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps while he was ill in bed with a duodenal ulcer, an illness which remained with him all his life. The novel was his first "shocker", as he called it — a story combining personal and political dramas. The novel marked a turning point in Buchan’s literary career and introduced his famous adventuring hero, Richard Hannay. He described a "shocker" as an adventure where the events in the story are unlikely and the reader is only just able to believe that they really happened.[2]

Buchan's son, William, later wrote that the name of the book originated when the author's daughter, then about age six, was counting the stairs at a private nursing home in Broadstairs, where Buchan was convalescing. "There was a wooden staircase leading down to the beach. My sister, who was about six, and who had just learnt to count properly, went down them and gleefully announced: there are 39 steps." Some time later the house was demolished and a section of the stairs, complete with a brass plaque, was sent to Buchan.[2]
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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    THE 39 STEPS by John Buchan is a classic mystery of political in

    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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  • Posted April 18, 2012

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    A Very Engaging Thriller

    I purchased this for my husband, after learning of the story through PBS. George quickly read it and then was eager to compare it the PBS production. He liked the book better. Now we need to locate the Hitchcock production. Thank you for offering this title in the Nook format.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Two-Dimensional/Falls Flat

    Richard Hannay returns from abroad and seems to be bored when all of a sudden he finds himself on the defensive in a personal and political conspiracy plot. The rest of this brief novel takes the reader on the road as Hannay's world has been turned upside down and he is on the run. Can he stop the conspiracy before he is found and killed?

    I don't particularly enjoy spy novels. I felt this one was somewhat disjointed (it was originally written in serial installments for a magazine in 1915. There were absolutely no redeeming female characters in this novel. The plot was, perhaps exciting for its time but it fell flat for me. Two point four stars, rounded down to two.

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