This is the fourth of the five Richard Hannay novels and in it all of Buchan's strengths and weaknesses are on show. His use of motifs are most definitely his strengths and in this one, as in Greenmantle it is a riddle or 'key' which contains the clue to the kidnap plot. The villain is one of Buchan's most memorable ones - Medina as you as the reader are both attracted by him and repulsed by him in equal measure. Hannay's success in unmasking and thwarting the villain comes to its denouement on a craggy outcrop in Scotland in which fear and terror is centre stage.
After distinguished service in the First World War, Richard Hannay settles into peaceful domesticity with his wife Mary and their young son. However, news comes to him of three kidnappings. With no more than a few tantalisingly cryptic lines of verse as clues, he is soon on the trail of Dominick Medina - a charismatic polymath but a man 'utterly and consumedly wicked'. As Hannay uncovers an international plot to twist innocent minds through hypnotism and blackmail, it appears that he has met his match in one of Buchan's most memorable villains.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
'Don't forget John Buchan ... very much a writer for our troubled times'
THE CATHOLIC HERALD
'For his time, Buchan defined the spy story formula'
THE NEW CRITERION
Publication date: 29/06/2010
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||29th June 2010|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
John Buchan led a truly extraordinary life: he was a diplomat, soldier, barrister, journalist, historian, politician, publisher, poet and novelist. He was born in Perth in 1875, the eldest son of a Free Church of Scotland minister, and educated at Hutcheson’s Grammar School in Glasgow. He graduated from Glasgow University then took a scholarship to Brasenose College, Oxford. During his time there – ‘spent peacefully in an enclave like a monastery’ – he wrote two historical novels. In 1901 he became a barrister of the Middle Temple and a private secretary to the High Commissioner for South Africa. ...More About John Buchan