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The Thirty-One Kings

Historical Fiction, Thriller
Publication Date
07 June 2018
Paperback (also available as an ebook)
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Birlinn Ltd

The Thirty-One Kings

Richard Hannay Returns
by Robert J. Harris - Find out more about the author


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'[Harris] flawlessly echoes the tongue-in-cheek dialogue of his predecessor ... a little bit of James Bond, a smattering of Indiana Jones and perhaps even a bit of Buckaroo Banzai – clever, well-plotted and big fun' – Bookpage

‘The death of an author is no obstacle for a beloved character. A ripping read’ – Sunday Herald

'a rollicking adventure that genuinely reads like the sequel to The Thirty-Nine Steps that Buchan never lived to write' – Nocturne

'Fans of John Buchan will be wooed by this new adventure . . . Harris's new Second World War story picks up the threads of Buchan's last novel, Sick Heart River, and cleverly weaves them into this thrilling tale' – Sunday Post

'This is a loving tribute to Buchan, then, and thoroughly good fun' – Allan Massie, The Scotsman

'This is very good fun. The plot whips along, embellished by dogfights, perilous car journeys, personal vendettas and plenty of derring-do – plus a whiff of enjoyable parody to lend an edge. I was beguiled' – Daily Mail

'This fast-moving tale will delight Buchan fans. … Gripping and fun; it will encourage devotees to return to Buchan and newcomers to seek him out’ – Country Life

June 1940.

As German troops pour across France, the veteran soldier and adventurer Richard Hannay is called back into service. In Paris an individual code named ‘Roland’ has disappeared and is assumed to be in the hands of Nazi agents. Only he knows the secret of the Thirty-One Kings, one upon which the future of Europe depends. Hannay is dispatched to Paris to find Roland before the Germans overrun the city. On a hazardous journey across the battlefields of France Hannay is joined by old friends and new allies as he confronts a ruthless foe who will stop at nothing to destroy him.

Robert J. Harris was born in Dundee and studied at the University of St. Andrews where he graduated with a first class honours degree in Latin. He is the designer of the bestselling fantasy board game Talisman and has written numerous books, including Leonardo and the Death Machine, Will Shakespeare and the Pirate’s Fire, the popular World Goes Loki children’s series and most recently The Gravedigger’s Club (2017), first in a new series of mysteries starring a young Arthur Conan Doyle. He lives in St. Andrews with his wife, Debbie.

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