England is at peace after the end of World War I. Spy-catcher, Richard Hannay, is enjoying the country life at Fosse Manor. However, Hannay’s peace is shattered when a dangerous criminal gang kidnap three children of important national figures. The deadline for searching for the hostages is midsummer. Hannay joins forces with Sandy Arbuthnot to face this most difficult enemy whose speciality is hypnotism.
About the Author
John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He wrote adventure novels, short-story collections and biographies.
His passion for the Scottish countryside is reflected in much of his writing. Buchan's adventure stories are high in romance and are peopled by a large cast of characters. 'Richard Hannay', 'Dickson McCunn' and 'Sir Edward Leithen' are three that reappear several times.
Alfred Hitchcock adapted his most famous book 'The Thirty-Nine Steps', featuring Hannay, for the big screen.
Born in 1875 in Perth, Buchan was the son of a minister. Childhood holidays were spent in the Borders, for which he had a great love. He was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was President of the Union. Called to the Bar in 1901, he became Lord Milner's assistant private secretary in South Africa. By 1907, however, he was working as a publisher with Nelson's. During the First World War Buchan was a correspondent at the Front for 'The Times', as well as being an officer in the Intelligence Corps and advisor to the War Cabinet.
Elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for one of the Scottish Universities' seats in 1927, he was created Baron Tweedsmuir in 1935. From then, until his death in 1940, he served as Governor General of Canada, during which time he nevertheless managed to continue writing.
Table of Contents
|1||Doctor Greenslade Theorizes||1|
|2||I Hear of the Three Hostages||12|
|3||Researches in the Subconscious||30|
|4||I Make the Acquaintance of a Popular Man||44|
|5||The Thursday Club||60|
|6||The House in Gospel Oak||76|
|7||Some Experiences of a Disciple||93|
|8||The Blind Spinner||107|
|9||I am Introduced to Strong Magic||120|
|10||Confidences at a Wayside Inn||134|
|11||How a German Engineer Found Strange Fishing||151|
|12||I Return to Servitude||167|
|13||I Visit the Fields of Eden||179|
|14||Sir Archibald Roylance Puts His Foot In It||198|
|15||How a French Nobleman Discovered Fear||212|
|16||Our Time is Narrowed||223|
|17||The District-Visitor in Palmyra Square||238|
|18||The Night of the First of June||247|
|19||The Night of the First of June - Later||264|
|21||How I Stalked Wilder Game Than Deer||296|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Three Hostages is the most preposterous of John Buchan's Richard Hannay novels. The plot revolves around Medina, an Irish MP who uses hypnosis and mind control to run a large criminal syndicate. Hannay is enlisted to find three missing young people being held as security against prosecution of the gang. Hemmingway and others wrote about the Lost Generation of the 1920s; Buchan was fixated on disillusioned anarchists who would overthrow the social order. The novel is redeemed somewhat by the final chapters that contain a contest between Hannay and Medina reminiscent of The Most Dangerous Game. Two and ½ stars.