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This review is from: The Thirty-Nine Steps (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Small as it is (barely a hundred pages), this book amply makes up for that lack of quantity by its sheer quality. Richard Hannay has just returned from South Africa and is barely back in London when a man is found murdered in his rooms ('There was a long knife through his heart which skewered him to the floor.' Don't you just love this kind of stuff? I know I do!). He sets out for his native Scotland, always just a step ahead of the police... not once does the pace of the story slacken until the very end, and you'll be reading it teeth on edge.
'The thirty-nine steps' was first published in 1915, but in my opinion it's still one of the very best suspense stories ever!