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- DescriptionA classic, compelling, mystery-spy vel written at the beginning of World War I. When Richard Hannay discovers a dead body pinned to the floor with a long knife, he finds himself running for his life across the hills of Scotland, framed for a murder he did t commit. Chased by the police and a mysterious group kwn as Black Stone, Hannay struggles to stay alive and stop the theft of naval secrets by an unfriendly foreign power. The first book in the Hannay detective series.
- Author BiographyJohn Buchan was born on August 26, 1875 in Perth, Scotland, the son of a minister. At age 17, he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Glasgow, where he studied literature and became an author, later attending Brasenose College, Oxford. After a very brief legal career, he served as a secretary to the colonial administrator of South Africa. At the same time, he served as an editor of a magazine. In 1907, he married Susan Charlotte Grosvenor, cousin of the Duke of Westminster. They had four children. In 1910, he wrote Prestor John, his first novel and ran for political office. During World War I, he wrote for the British War Propaganda Bureau and worked as a war correspondent in France. In 1915, he wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps, a spy thriller, which became his most famous work. He wrote the sequel, Greenmantle, a year later, and joined the British army as a lieutenant. After the war, he continued writing as well as becoming president of the Scottish Historical Society. In 1935, Alfred Hitchcock made The 39 Steps into a motion picture and King George V made Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir. This was in preparation of making him Governor General of Canada in 1935. John became the commander-in-chief of the Canadian armed forces as World War II broke out, but in February 1940, he suffered a stroke, falling and striking his head. He died on February 11, 1940, at the age of 64, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was cremated, his ashes buried on his family estate in Oxfordshire, England. During his career, he wrote 30 novels, seven short story collections and several biographies, more than 100 works in all.
- Author(s)John Buchan,Richard S Hartmetz
- Date of Publication26/03/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight209 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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