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The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan

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THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS

by JOHN BUCHAN


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.

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