Richard Hannay was bored. That was why when the man who lived in the flat above his came to him with talk of an international conspiracy he listened receptively, even let him stay in his parlour. But when he returns home to find his guest dead, pinned to the floor with a knife through his chest, Hannay finds himself pursued t only by the police, but by the conspirators that had murdered his neighbor. Chased by both Scotland Yard and enemy agents, his first thought is only for survival, but the only escape from his plight will require him to unravel the secret of the dead man's tebook, the meaning of... The Thirty-Nine Steps!