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The Thirty-Nine Steps

by John Buchan

 

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TO
THOMAS ARTHUR NELSON
(LOTHIAN AND BORDER HORSE)


My Dear Tommy,

You and I have long cherished an affection for that elemental type of tale which Americans call the 'dime novel' and which we know as the 'shocker' - the romance where the incidents defy the probabilities, and march just inside the borders of the possible. During an illness last winter I exhausted my store of those aids to cheerfulness, and was driven to write one for myself. This little volume is the result, and I should like to put your name on it in memory of our long friendship, in the days when the wildest fictions are so much less improbable than the facts.

J.B.



Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE - The Man Who Died
CHAPTER TWO - The Milkman Sets Out on his Travels
CHAPTER THREE - The Adventure of the Literary Innkeeper
CHAPTER FOUR - The Adventure of the Radical Candidate
CHAPTER FIVE - The Adventure of the Spectacled Roadman
CHAPTER SIX - The Adventure of the Bald Archaeologist
CHAPTER SEVEN - The Dry-Fly Fisherman
CHAPTER EIGHT - The Coming of the Black Stone
CHAPTER NINE - The Thirty-Nine Steps
CHAPTER TEN - Various Parties Converging on the Sea

 



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