John Buchan (1915)
Hooray for a good old-fashioned spy-chase-thriller to kick off my summer’s reading. Englishman Richard Hannay falls into the life of a spy, quickly learning he has an aptitude for espionage. He develops into a master of disguise as he manages to keep one step ahead of German agents intent on killing him before he can deliver a little black book of encrypted code. Set in London and rambling through the Scottish countryside on the eve of World War I, this is the classic scenario of a regular Joe unwittingly thrown from his humdrum life into an exciting, hair-raising episode of international intrigue. Good fun.