The Thirty-nine Steps

The Thirty-nine Steps

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In prohibition-era New York, Nick Charles plans to enjoy a quiet Christmas with his glamorous wife, Nora, their Schnauzer, Asta, and a case of good scotch. But the bullet-riddled corpse of a former lover, a missing inventor and a junked-up hoodlum with a careless attitude to guns force him out of retirement and back into business. To make sense of false leads, suspicious alibis and mistaken identities, Nick and Nora are thrown into a world of gangsters, hoodlums and speakeasies, where none can be trusted.
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  • Paperback
  • 111 x 181mm
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0143569937
  • 9780143569930

About John Buchan

John Buchan's first success as an author came with Prester John in 1910, followed by a series of adventure thrillers, or 'shockers' as he called them, all characterized by their authentically rendered backgrounds, romantic characters, their atmosphere of expectancy and world-wide conspiracies, and the author's own enthusiasm. There are three main heroes: Richard Hannay, whose adventures are collected in The Complete Richard Hannay; Dickson McCunn, the Glaswegian provision merchant with the soul of a romantic, who features in Huntingtower, Castle Gay and The House of the Four Winds; and Sir Edward Leithen, the lawyer who tells the story of John MacNab and Sick Heart River, John Buchan's final novel. In addition, John Buchan established a reputation as a historical biographer with such works as Montrose, Oliver Cromwell and Augustus.
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2 9% (2,033)
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