The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan

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John Buchan’s 1915 espionage novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, was written during the early phase of the Great War, which would become known as World War I, and is told from the perspective of the story’s narrator, a Scot formerly residing in the British colony of Rhodesia in southern Africa (today’s Zimbabwe) who, upon relocating to London, finds himself caught up in a conspiracy by a group of German spies to assassinate the Greek premier, Karolides, about whom the narrator, Richard Hannay, holds in high esteem, in contrast to other prominent national leaders and diplomats, a sentiment reflected in the following passage from early in Buchan’s novel:

“I rather fancied the chap. From all accounts he seemed the one big man in the show; and he played a straight game too, which was more than could be said for most of them. I gathered that they hated him pretty blackly in Berlin and Vienna, but that we were going to stick by him, and one paper said that he was the only barrier between...

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