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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    Another Satisfying Christie

    There are few books as consistantly satisfying as Agatha Christie novels (with the less said about her "suspense" books, the better,) and "Towards Zero" is no exception. With a stated theme of "what comes before the murder is infinitely more important than the act itself," the book details the small group of acquaintances, most related in some familial way, who talk with, argue with, love, and hate each other--until one of them dies.

    This is one of the few Superintendent Battle books, the police officer who is one of the lesser-known of Christie's detectives. There is a reason for this--while he shows himself to be a very capable, no-nonsense detective, he lacks the larger personality of Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. This does not really detract for the story at all; it simply makes it less of a candidate for popularity as the others.

    My only real complaint about the book is that the foreshadowing about one character is not subtly done at all, and becomes quite obtrusive. What the foreshadowing means, of course I will not say--it's the technique itself that is annoying.

    I do recommend this book, especially if you've already read most of the rest of Christie's corpus and yearn for more. It's a good, solid read, with much of the packaging and style that makes Agatha Christie the Queen of Mystery.

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