THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS by John BuchanRead about the other books on the list.
I first read this as a schoolboy. The hero is accused of a crime he didn’t do and has to reach a place to prove it and it’s about the chase. You turn the page and turn the page because you have got to find out more.
The Thirty-Nine Steps is one of Sam Bourne's five favorite classic thrillers.
Also see Archer's top ten romans-fleuves.