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Agatha Christie's genius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heart—or the dark passions that can stop it—better than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.

Endless Night

Michael Rogers dreams of a rich, beautiful wife and a perfectly designed house. He finds the woman, and ...

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Overview

Agatha Christie's genius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heart—or the dark passions that can stop it—better than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.

Endless Night

Michael Rogers dreams of a rich, beautiful wife and a perfectly designed house. He finds the woman, and they build the house. Then sudden death strikes.

Michael Rogers dreams of rich, beautiful wife and perfectly designed house. But after finding the woman and building the house, sudden death strikes.

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“I suffer nostalgia for the world of Agatha Christie as I remember it.”
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"A surpassing mystery...ingenious...dazzling."—The New York Times
Sunday Times (London)
“One of the best things Agatha Christie has ever done.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602839397
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 5.08 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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Chapter One

In my end is my beginning . . . That's a quotation I've often heard people say. It sounds all right--but what does it really mean?

Is there ever any particular spot where one can put one's finger and say, "It all began that day, at such a time and such a place, with such an incident"?

Did my story begin, perhaps, when I noticed the sale bill hanging on the wall of the George and Dragon announcing sale by auction of that valuable property "The Towers," and giving particulars of the acreage, the miles and furlongs, and the highly idealized portrait of The Towers as it might have been perhaps in its prime, anything from eighty to a hundred years ago.

I was doing nothing particular, just strolling along the main street of Kingston Bishop, a place of no importance whatever, killing time. I noticed the sale bill. Why? Fate up to its dirty work? Or dealing out its golden handshake of good fortune? You can look at it either way.

Or you could say, perhaps, that it all had its beginnings when I met Santonix, during the talks I had with him; I can close my eyes and see his flushed cheeks, the over-brilliant eyes, and the movement of the strong yet delicate hand that sketched and drew plans and elevations of houses. One house in particular, a beautiful house, a house that would be wonderful to own!

My longing for a house, a fine and beautiful house, such a house as I could never hope to have, flowered into life then. It was a happy fantasy shared between us, the house that Santonix would build for me--if he lasted long enough.

A house that in my dream I would live in with the girl that I loved, a house in which just like a child's sillyfairy story we should live together "happy ever afterward.". All pure fantasy, all nonsense, but it started that tide of longing in me--longing for something I was never likely to have.

Or if this is a love story--and it is a love story, I swear--then why not begin where I first caught sight of Ellie standing in the dark fir trees of Gipsy's Acre?

Gipsy's Acre. Yes, perhaps I'd better begin there, at the moment when I turned away from the sale board with a little shiver because a black cloud had come over the sun, and asked a question carelessly enough of one of the locals, who was clipping a hedge in a desultory fashion nearby.

"What's this house, The Towers, like?"

I can still see the queer face of the old man as he looked at me sideways and said,

"That's not what us calls it here. What sort of a name is that?" He snorted disapproval. "It's many a year now since folks lived in it and called it The Towers." He snorted again.

I asked him then what he called it, and again his eyes shifted away from me in his old wrinkled face in that queer way country folk have of not speaking to you direct, looking over your shoulder or round the comer, as it were, as though they saw something you didn't; and he said,

"It's called hereabouts Gipsy's Acre."

"Why is it called that?" I asked.

"Some sort of a tale. I dunno rightly. One says one thing, one says another." And then he went on, "Anyway, it's where the accidents take place."

"Car accidents?"

"All kinds of accidents. Car accidents mainly nowadays. It's a nasty comer there, you see."

"Well," I said, "if it's a nasty curve, I can well see there might be accidents."

"Rural council put up a danger sign, but it don't do no good, that don't. There are accidents just the same."

"Why Gipsy?" I asked him.

Again his eyes slipped past me and his answer was vague.

"Some tale or other. It was gipsies' land once, they say, and they were turned off, and they put a curse on it."

I laughed.

"Aye," he said, "you can laugh, but there's places as is cursed. You smart alecks in town don't know about them. But there's places as is cursed, all right, and there's a curse on this place. People got killed here in the quarry when they got the stone out to build. Old Geordie, he fell over the edge there one night and broke his neck."

"Drunk?" I suggested.

"He may have been. He liked his drop, he did. But there's many drunks as fall-nasty falls-but it don't do them no lasting harm. But Geordie, he got his neck broke. In there," he pointed up behind him to the pine-covered hill, "in Gipsy's Acre."

Yes, I suppose that's how it began. Not that I paid much attention to it at the time. I just happened to remember it. That's all. I think-that is, when I think properly-that I built it up a bit in my mind. I don't know if it was before or later that I asked if there were still any gipsies about there. He said there weren't many anywhere nowadays. The police were always moving them on, he said. I asked,

"Why doesn't anybody like gipsies?"

"They're a thieving lot,." he said disapprovingly. Then he peered more closely at me. "Happen you've got gipsy blood yourself?" he suggested, looking hard at me.

I said not that I knew of. It's true; I do look a bit like a gipsy. Perhaps that's what fascinated me about the name of Gipsy's Acre. I thought to myself as I was standing there smiling back at him, amused by our conversation, that perhaps I had a bit of gipsy blood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2007

    Unusual Latter-Day Christie

    In this unusual latter-day Christie title Dame Agatha ventures into a field somewhat alein to her: 'the novel of psychological suspense,' not exactly a mystery and not exactly a thriller. I re-read it recently after many years and enjoyed it, especially as it reminded me of some of the early works of another writer I admire tremendously, Ruth Rendell. In ENDLESS NIGHT Christie deftly re-works one of her most famous deceptions.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2002

    Different

    This was a hard book for me to understand. I was very lost and bored at the begining, but towards the end of it things began to get interesting. I would have never guessed who the killer was and I was extremely surprised in the end.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    A Great Book

    It is one of the best books I have read.
    What else can be expected, one if not that
    best author ever living for mysteries.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Not the usual Agatha Christie detective story, this was more a p

    Not the usual Agatha Christie detective story, this was more a psychological thriller or whatever. Those stories usually aren't what I go for but this one was ok. By "ok" I mean there was not anything too explicit or gruesome. Very slow to start but starts to pick up once the reader is acquainted with the characters and things really start to get going. The clues are there all along, including the one big question I had that is only answered by what one learns at the end. Overall, a worthwhile read, especially with it being on sale this month. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2002

    Most Expressive Book

    This book is captivating - the sense of doom Christie creates is phenomenal. I couldn't put it down! How anyone wouldn't love this one I don't know. It is very sinister, creepy and actually, at times, scary! Read this one!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Bhihj

    This is awesome, one of her CREEPIEST!!!!! It also shows how gross some men and women can be. :-p

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Terrible

    This was the worst Agatha Christie novel I've ever read. The first 3/4 of the novel are so slow! It just drags on. I knew who the killer was right away after the murder. I don't know what Agatha Christie was attempting with this novel. I don't understand how an author who is responsible for some of the greatest mystery novels could have also wrote this one.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    Endlessly Terrible!

    Endless Night was terrible. I have read many Agatha Christie mysteries and have thouroughly enjoyed them. This book did not have her style or flare. It was long-winded and boring. Yes, there was a twist at the end, but it wasn't worth all the days I spent reading the rest of the book. I suggest that people don't read this book and choose another one like Until There Were None or Murder on the Orient Express which are Christie classics.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    endless night

    The Endless Night is a scary kind of story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This book, written by Agatha Christie, is one you won¿t forget. This story starts off with a young man whose parents die, and he inherits their old haunted house. He has some questions about this house and where it is located, and why they particularly left it to him since he has three older brothers. To find these questions out he will find the house and go summon the spirits. The Endless Night is a story that starts off with a conflict of the main character, Saxtonix, and his dead parents. Saxtonix is a business agent whose life is going well until his parents leave him their haunted house, and he wants to find out why they chose him. He finds out the house is located in a small town south of New York City, just 20 minutes from where he lives. So he drives there and talks to some people to find out where the house is. Everyone knows, but they are too scared to take him there. He finally gets the nerve to go there by himself. When he gets to the house, he walks in and its old and worn looking, somewhere he thinks he doesn¿t want to live. It becomes pretty late, so he decides to checking in at a motel close by. The next morning is when the problems start. When he wakes up and goes to eat breakfast, some men approach him and tell him that he must pay his parents debts for the house which is 2,000 dollars and that he must have it by Monday. And to top it off, if he doesn¿t pay, the house will be repossessed, and all of his parents things will be taken away. So he some how has to come up with all that money. He goes to the house to meet a man named Lee who knows his parents¿ and all about the house. Lee tells him that he can build him a house if the other one is repossessed and the man would do it for free, but he would need at least three months. The book¿s strong points are when Saxtonix comes up with the money so his parents home doesn¿t get taken away. I also liked when he fixes up the house, moves in, gets a job and adapts to the small town. The weak points are at first when thought that he won¿t be able to get the money and doesn¿t think the house is worth his time. He basically wants to give up. When he first finds out that his parents had left him the house, he is in shock because his parents had never given him anything before. They had always given everything to his brothers. I think people should read this book because it¿s got a little bit of everything in it. It has adventure, romance, and comedy. I personally thought this book was a good one, Out of all the books I have read this one is one of the best. The best place to read this book would be alone in your room or a quiet place; that way you can get into it. This book is very addictive and will keep you turning and turning the pages.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    Engrossing

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It was really interesting, and impossible to guess the murderer. When the identity was revealed, I was basically screaming with shock. I particularly liked it because it was so different from the usual Christie novel. There was no brilliant mastermind sleuth, and no happy ending. That made it an exciting and unique book for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

    One of Agatha Christie's best. A bit different than her regular

    One of Agatha Christie's best. A bit different than her regular who done it style. A quick, easy read. Couldn't wait to see who the murder was. Thought I had it all figured out but what a surprise at the end. Never saw it coming. The story moves along quickly and the characters are well developed. Highly recommend to those who enjoy a good psychological mystery thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Cafeteria

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    highly recommend!

    Absolutely LOVE this book. I read a lot of suspense/mystery novels and can usually have a pretty good idea of the who or why but was totally blown away at the ending. Her books are timeless. She is the queen of suspense and always will be. Great character development feel like you know them and understand where they come from. Well worth the time to read!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Great Christie read!

    Just enough to keep you interested as a Christie fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Excellent Mystery

    Agatha Christie is one of my favorites and this is an excellent example of skill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Amazing

    I have read many of Christie's books, this one is amazing! I don't want to give too much away... but it is a marvelously told tale. The ending is enthrolling and surprising. The type of story that sticks with you long after you have read the last page!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Impressive

    Despite the fact that I immediately picked out the ad guy, I enjoyed this story that is so unlike the rest of the Christie oeuvre. Most of her murderers are quite civil and even tepid;this one is impressively villainous.


    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Boring

    I have read many of AC's books, but this one was just the worst! It didn't even seem like I was reading one of her novels. It was dull, the pace was uneven, I found myself not caring about any of the characters. It was hard to get through. I pressed on, however, hoping it would get better, but was very disappointed to not even be surprised by the ending. It is NOT worth the 7.99 I paid. If you are curious, do yourself a favor and just look for it at the library. For a real AC spine-tingler, read "And Then There Were None".

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Hello

    Come to result one (donkey)

    0 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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