Monday, October 19, 2015
10/19/1915 Buchan climbs the 39 Steps
Jason Worden argued that Buchan actually invented a new subgenre: the story in which a civilian gets chased both by the bad guys, and by the police who think he is the bad guy. That paranoia made it perfect for Alfred Hitchcock, who not only filmed The Thirty-nine Steps, but used a similar plot in two other movies.
Buchan wrote many more novels, including four about the plucky Richard Hannay. He also served as Governor General of Canada, not bad for a thriller writer.