The Thirty-Nine Steps
By John Buchan
“This is one of the classics of the mystery/thriller genre, and it has a great deal of historical importance. That’s easy to see when you place it up against other famous books of this era — stuff by Le Queux or Oppenheim, for instance. … The protagonist, Richard Hannay, is a middle class guy thrust out of his humdrum life by a chance encounter with adventure. How many modern thrillers start out with the same general premise?”
Actually, Christine is reading this classic to me from her (actually, our) Kindle. Alfred Hitchcock made a classic film thriller named The Thirty-Nine Steps after purchasing Buchan’s title, but the story was completely different. I’d like to see a movie based on Buchan’s original vision.
This book is free on Kindle.