Retired grocer Dickson McCunn embarks on the journey of a lifetime in John Buchan’s classic adventure tale
Dickson McCunn has led a respectable, if unremarkable, life. He’s a grocer in Edinburgh and an esteemed member of the community. Still, he has a romantic spirit. For his entire life, all of his adventures have taken place in the pages of books, but he’s always wanted to play more of a part in the real world than just providing his neighborhood with vegetables. When his wife goes on vacation and he retires from his business, he finally gets his chance to take the trip across Scotland that he’s always dreamed of. But after a chance meeting with a Communist poet in the coastal town of Dalquharter, McCunn finds himself on an adventure that is far more perilous than any he’s ever read about.
McCunn is forced into action when his new acquaintance informs him that a Russian princess is being held captive in Huntingtower, a nearby castle. As the Russians close in, McCunn must become the hero he’s always wished he could be.
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John Buchan (1875–1940) was a Scottish diplomat, politician, historian, and novelist. From 1935 to 1940 he served as the governor general of Canada. His most popular novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), is the first in a series detailing the adventures of hero Richard Hannay, and established the conventions of the modern spy thriller.