Over 2000 books to read online or download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iPad, iPhone and any electronic book reader
Find an eBook by title or author...


 Electronic books  Literature by country  Scottish Literature 
----------------------
The Thirty-Nine Steps

John Buchan

Date of publication: 1915

The Thirty-nine Steps is the first of five novels featuring Richard Hannay, an all-action hero with a stiff upper lip and a miraculous habit of getting himself out of sticky situations.

The novel formed the basis for a number of film adaptations, notably Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 adaptation The 39 Steps, a 1959 colour remake and a more authentic 1978 version.

Plot Introduction

In May 1914, Europe is close to war and spies are everywhere. Richard Hannay has just returned to London from Rhodesia in order to begin a new life, when a freelance spy called Franklin P. Scudder calls on him to ask for help. Scudder reveals to Hannay that he has uncovered a German plot to murder the Greek Prime Minister and steal British plans for the outbreak of war. Scudder claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone.

A few days later, Hannay returns to his flat to find Scudder murdered. If Hannay goes to the police, he will be arrested for Scudder’s murder. Hannay decides to continue Scudder’s work and his adventure begins. He escapes from the German spies watching the house and makes his way to Scotland, pursued both by the spies and by the police.

The mysterious phrase Thirty-nine Steps first mentioned by Scudder becomes the title of the novel and the solution to its meaning is a thread that runs through the whole story.

(From Wikipedia, description text under GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL))

Planet PDF Edition

Free ebook to download in PDF format - 560 Kb - 184 pages

 

Welcome to eBooks for All! On this site you can read online for free and legally digital books (eBooks) or download them directly to your PC, eBook reader, Tablet or smartphone.
Last 10 added electronic books
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Depression in Veterans 
An Overview Of Methods For Treating Selectivity In Big Data Sources 
The Attraction of Company Online Communities 
The Future Is Now: Science For Achieving Sustainable Development 
Human Rights In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence 
Content Marketing Workbook 
A Guide to Improving Your SEO 
Self-Care Planning Guide For Individuals 
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Authorized Curriculum Guide 
The Murder on the Links