The Four Adventures of Richard Hannay
Here, from the father of spy fiction, is the grand adventure of Richard Hannay, master spy, in a single volume: The 39 Steps, Greenmantle, Mr. Standfast, and The Three Hostages. “John Buchan is the father of the modern spy thriller,” Robin Winks writes in his Introduction, “This is so even though the Hannay books are not, strictly speaking, about spies at all . . . They are about lonely escape and wild journeys, about the thin veneer that stands between civilization and barbarism even in the most elegant drawing-room in London.”
We know the Buchan formula well, although few may remember it was he who set the mold: take an apparently ordinary man, and let him be drawn into a mystery he only vaguely understands; give him a task to perform, and set obstacles in his path; see that he cannot turn to established authority, see that he cannot be certain who he can trust ― and then, set the clock ticking. . .
The second sequel to The 39 Steps!
Mr Standfast is the third of five novels by John Buchan featuring the character of Richard Hannay.
Recalled from duty on the Western Front by renowned spymaster Sir Walter Bullivant, British secret agent Richard Hannay goes undercover as a pacifist, working to outwit a dangerous German spy and his agents. Guided by his contact—and love interest—Mary Lamington, Hannay tracks his enemy from London to Glasgow to the Scottish Highlands, eventually confronting him in a dramatic climax above the battlefields of Europe.
The title refers to a character in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, to which there are many other references in the novel; Hannay uses a copy of Pilgrim's Progress to decipher coded messages from his contacts, and letters from his friend Peter Pienaar.
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