Wonderful short read. Could obviously do with a lot more development of the villains but to write 110 pages so readable, effectively establishing a genre now familiar to the point of template in the mainstream, while subtly calling back RL Stevenson, Conan Doyle, Laurence Sterne in the text shows the intelligence and creativity involved. Brilliant fun from Buchan and finishable in one sitting. Some hilarious lines! Significantly improved by reading in context.