The Secret Adversary [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Secret Adversary is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head in January 1922 and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company later in that same year. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $1.75. The book introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence who feature in three other Christie books and one collection of short stories written throughout her writing ...
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Overview

The Secret Adversary is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head in January 1922 and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company later in that same year. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $1.75. The book introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence who feature in three other Christie books and one collection of short stories written throughout her writing career.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012253811
  • Publisher: JC PUB NETWORKS
  • Publication date: 2/18/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 501 KB

Meet the Author

Dame Agatha Christie, DBE, (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 80 detective novels—especially those featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple—and her successful West End theatre plays.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling writer of books of all time and, with William Shakespeare, the best-selling author of any kind. Only the Bible has sold more than her roughly four billion copies of novels. According to Index Translationum, Christie is the most translated individual author, with only the collective corporate works of Walt Disney Productions surpassing her. Her books have been translated into at least 103 languages.
Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the record for the longest initial run: it opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952 and as of 2011 is still running after more than 23,000 performances. In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honour, the Grand Master Award, and in the same year Witness for the Prosecution was given an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play. Most of her books and short stories have been filmed, some many times over (Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile and 4.50 From Paddington for instance), and many have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics.
In 1968, Booker Books, a subsidiary of the agri-industrial conglomerate Booker-McConnell, bought a 51 percent stake in Agatha Christie Limited, the private company that Christie had set up for tax purposes. Booker later increased its stake to 64 percent. In 1998, Booker sold its shares to Chorion, a company whose portfolio also includes the literary estates of Enid Blyton and Dennis Wheatley.
In 2004, a 5,000-word story entitled The Incident of the Dog's Ball was found in the attic of the author's daughter. This story was the original version of the novel Dumb Witness. It was published in Britain in September 2009 in John Curran's Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years Of Mysteries, alongside another newly discovered Poirot story called The Capture of Cerberus (a story with the same title, but a different plot, to that published in The Labours Of Hercules). On November 10, 2009, Reuters announced that The Incident of the Dog's Ball will
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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    not recommended, book pages not scanned properly

    This book had edges of pages cut off as well as something obstructing segments of each page. It is a poorly scanned copy and a waste of time

    24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2011

    unreadable

    scanned version is unreadable

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Worth what was paid

    This is a free book and I suppose one should not expect too much for free. The book was quite obviously scanned and the OCR software did not do a great job and nobody followed up to clean it up.

    Odd characters (typing not story related) appear throughout. For instance this passage, "Tommj, I passed two Johniues in the street to-day talking about some one named Jane Finn. Did 70a. ever hear such a nameP*"

    That type of thing is prevalent throughout and makes for a difficult read.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Skip it

    Unreadable

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    Don't bother! TYPOS!

    Too many TYPOS! You can get this book without the typos from a lot of sources.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Not Readable (typos, symbols, errors, missing sentences)

    Cheap or free doesn't always mean "good." Especially if you cannot read it. This book has so many typographical errors, odd symbols in between words, and missing sentences....that you cannot even comprehend the book. It's really a shame that Google proudly announces (on the first page), that it's their work to preserve old volumes. I've seen many like this and had the same problem. I didn't want to waste room on my Nook Tablet, so I had to delete it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    If you like Agatha Christie, this is a gem!

    This is about two young people in postwar (WW 2)London scrabbling about with empty pockets in search of jobs. Casual accqaintences before, they meet by accident and, over a cup of tea, decide to pool their talents and put an ad in newspapers as investigators, The Young
    Adventurers' and they niavely fall into a crimminal gang's plot to overthrow the British government. I couldn't put it down 'til the last page and is that a surprise.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Scan to digital

    The scan to digital was too distracting with various and sundry characters out of place or in the wrong place.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Very bad Google scan

    Ten or twenty errors per page. Almost unreadable. NO STARS!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Poorly captured

    Apparently, this title was machine read - and poorly. Bits of it are completely unintelligible and the frequent errors make it annoying to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    one star is too much

    Just the usual Google mess. Would it kill them to proofread their "free" books???? I'd get fired if I put out such junk.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Ok...

    I didnt really even like the book and there were just too many TYPOS to understand it!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    This is a bad version

    I've read this book before in actual book format, and I loved it, but the scanning they did is horrible. And, there has to be at least 10 mispelled words or wacky symbols on every page. Its a pain in the butt to read past the first page with all the mistakes. If you find a better version, then i reccomend downloading that. This one is just not worth it...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Poor scan

    This Google scan of a 1922 edition from the Harvard library is filled with errors due to poor OCR scan quality. Mystery buffs can decipher what the words were meant to be, but what a shame that Google, which attaches its name to the scanned edition, doesn't take the time and effort to ensure that these scanned editions are edited correctly to truly preserve the evidence -- Agatha Christie's wonderful stories.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Not worth it

    Gibberish and typos

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    Great 2nd Book

    I finally finished reading the second book of my Agatha Christie self challenge. I picked it up shortly after finishing The Mysterious Affair at Styles but wasn't able to really get into it the way I wanted to, not because of the book though, but because of outside influences. Then when I went to pick it up again, I couldn't find the blasted thing. I looked everywhere for it and not one speck of it's lovely brown cover was to be seen. So I had to go buy the book again and now here I am a few days later giving my short review of it.


    Here is the synopsis from the back cover:


    Two bright young characters of the Jazz Age start out looking for adventures and wind us saving England in Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary. Childhood friends Tommy Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Crowley have hit hard times. It's 1920, and the Great War is blessedly over. But the peace has left staid old England in the upheaval and the young veteran and the pretty former nurse flat broke. In the free spirit of the age, the two advertise themselves as "Young Adventurers," hoping for enjoyable as well as profitable employment. Their first client, a British Army Intelligence officer, promises both when he hires them to find a missing woman, and the charming duo are soon involved in a case of international intrigue, mistaken identities, and ultimately romance.




    I found the book as well as the characters, Tommy and Tuppence, to be both intelligent and at times a little spastic. Now you may think that spastic is a bad thing, normally it is, but here it is a wonderful thing. The pace and the dialogue are snappy, quick, and above all else entertaining. The dialogue is simply breathtaking to read. It's quick and punchy. The report between Tommy and Tuppence is simply amazing. This book really showed how well Agatha Christie could write quick, believable dialogue. It is still the one element that is really sticking in my mind after finishing the book last night.


    It had been a long time since I had read the book so the fact that this is more of a "espionage" novel rather than a "murder mystery" was not at the top of my mind. I was a little bit dismayed at first because I do enjoy a nice murder. It wasn't long though before I didn't care anymore. The story grabbed me and never let go.


    I'm really looking forward to the next Tommy & Tuppence novel but there are a "few" books between now and then. They already feel like old friends that you can't get enough of.


    If you like a great read with secret organizations, master-mind criminals posing as someone else, witty dialogue and characters, torpedoed ships, beautiful girls with amnesia, and rich Americans, this book is for you.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!

    It's not "Sleepy Hollow", it's not even a book! It's a sales flier for a phonograph! Why is there no way to report this?! Booooooo

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

    Truly, this book (if it can be called that) does not deserve eve

    Truly, this book (if it can be called that) does not deserve even one star. I would have preferred no stars.

    What happened when this book was rescanned? How can it possibly have symbols instead of letters or punctuation? I understand our mind makes adjustments for simple typos by reading the word as it was meant. But, this is almost unbearable. I truly thought I could handle the errors, but I'm 30 pages into the book and I think I should have spent the extra money and bought a version that did not contain these mistakes. B&N should be embarrassed; I'm not sure it can even be called a book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Phht...

    I saw the reviews about the bad scan, then saw some goof reviews so I thought they had a clesned up copy. Nope. At least it was free. Can't delete from nook simple so I guess I'm stuck with it until I get to a computer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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