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The Gap in the Curtain

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The Gap in the Curtain , John Buchan, book reviewThe Scottish novelist John Buchan is the writer about whom I know the most. I‘ve been reading him, and working on him, on and off, for over twenty years. But I get bored with his most famous character, Richard Hannay, and with The Thirty-Nine Steps, which is his most famous novel. So, here’s a Buchan novel that isn’t about Richard Hannay. The Gap in the Curtain (1932) is a great read, for several reasons. It’s narrated by Buchan’s other great protagonist-narrator, Edward Leithen, who is a hard-working lawyer and politician. He has nothing to do with the secret services, nor does he take orders from the Foreign Office or the police: he is an independent adventurer.


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