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Although she is the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion books sold worldwide, Agatha Christie lived a life shrouded in secrecy and fueled by curiosity. Nearly as notorious for her aversion to the press as she was for her 80 books and collections of short stories, Christie made no secret of her need for privacy. Utilizing over 5,000 previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, award-winning biographer Richard Hack allows Christie to write again, 33 years after her death. DUCHESS OF ...
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Overview

Although she is the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion books sold worldwide, Agatha Christie lived a life shrouded in secrecy and fueled by curiosity. Nearly as notorious for her aversion to the press as she was for her 80 books and collections of short stories, Christie made no secret of her need for privacy. Utilizing over 5,000 previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, award-winning biographer Richard Hack allows Christie to write again, 33 years after her death. DUCHESS OF DEATH is her story, as full of romance, travel, wealth, and scandal as any mystery Christie ever crafted.
There have been numerous biographies of the Queen of Crime, all of which claim to be definitive. However, DUCHESS OF DEATH is the first to draw from such an enormous number of previously unpublished correspondence and notes, effectively establishing it as the most authoritative, penetrating look at the personal and literary life of Christie.
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Editorial Reviews

Ed Gorman
“I gave it the usual fifteen page test and found that I couldn't stop reading it. Richard Hack has done a fine and substantial job with his new book on Christie.”

Ed Gorman
Best Selling Mystery Author
Jay Stratford
With access to thousands of previously unpublished papers, Hack has written a commendable biography, one that touches on all aspects of his subject's life. His prose, like Agatha Christie's, elucidates without obstructing the reader.
Throughout her life, this wildly admired author never developed an inflated ego. "I regard my work as of no importance," she would say. "I'm simply out to entertain."
That she did ... and, Hack emulates her with an engaging and accessible work of biography.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012440396
  • Publisher: PHOENIX BOOKS INC
  • Publication date: 5/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 562,703
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

An investigative writer for over 20 years, Richard Hack has written 14 books, including biographies of Ted Turner, Michael Jackson, and J. Edgar Hoover. In 2001, he wrote the critically acclaimed national bestseller Hughes: The Private Diaries, Letters and Memos. His most recent book is Duchess of Death: The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie.
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