Richard Hannay has just returned to England after years in SouthAfrica and is thoroughly bored with his life in London. But then amurder is committed in his flat, just days after a chance encounterwith an American who had told him about an assassination plot whichcould have dire international consequences. An obvious suspect for thepolice and an easy target for the killers, Hannay goes on the run inhis native Scotland where he will need all his courage and ingenuity tostay one step ahead of his pursuers.
About The Author
John Buchan was born in Perth. His father was a minister ofthe Free Church of Scotland; and in 1876 the family moved to Fife wherein order to attend the local school the small boy had to walk six milesa day. Later they moved again to the Gorbals in Glasgow and John Buchanwent to Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow University (by which timehe was already publishing articles in periodicals) and BrasenoseCollege, Oxford. His years at Oxford - 'spent peacefully in an enclavelike a monastery' - nevertheless opened up yet more horizons and hepublished five books and many articles, won several awards includingthe Newdigate Prize for poetry and gained a First. His career wasequally diverse and successful after university and, despite ill-healthand continual pain from a duodenal ulcer, he played a prominent part inpublic life as a barrister and Member of Parliament, in addition tobeing a writer, soldier and publisher. In 1907 he married SusanGrosvenor, and the marriage was supremely happy. They had one daughterand three sons. He was created Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield in 1935 andbecame the fifteenth Governor-General of Canada, a position he helduntil his death in 1940. 'I don't think I remember anyone,' wrote G. M.Trevelyan to his widow, 'whose death evoked a more enviable outburst ofsorrow, love and admiration.'
John Buchan's first success as an author came with Prester John in1910, followed by a series of adventure thrillers, or 'shockers' as hecalled them, all characterized by their authentically renderedbackgrounds, romantic characters, their atmosphere of expectancy andworld-wide conspiracies, and the author's own enthusiasm. There arethree main heroes: Richard Hannay, whose adventures are collected inThe Complete Richard Hannay; Dickson McCunn, the Glaswegian provisionmerchant with the soul of a romantic, who features in Huntingtower,Castle Gay and The House of the Four Winds; and Sir Edward Leithen, thelawyer who tells the story of John MacNab and Sick Heart River, JohnBuchan's final novel. In addition, John Buchan established a reputationas an historical biographer with such works as Montrose, OliverCromwell and Augustus.
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