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Overview

Mystery's #1 bestseller . . . second to none!

A Christie classic, featuring Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard. . . . It's murder most foul when someone at the Gull's Point guesthouse kills Mr. Treves, leaving Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard with a number of suspects--and zero evidence...

A crime expert plays with the rules of murder mystery, only to write himself out of the story. Mr. Treves, a famous criminologist, loves murder mysteries--except for the fact that they all begin with murder. But his desire to move the fatal moment to the end just might be the death of him. Reissue.

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Editorial Reviews

Katherine Hall Page
“Agatha Christie set the bar.”
Time Magazines Literary Supplement (London)
"Masterly storytelling."
New York Times
“Agatha Christie has surpassed herself.”
Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Masterly storytelling.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425169285
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (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. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

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.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This was a fantastic book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2001

    A unique one not to be missed!!!!

    Yes I agree with the 13 year old reviewer above. How can anyone not like this book? No doubt the title is too pessimistic and I was avoiding this book all these years because to me it seemed to be some nuclear science bore.I mean the title was such But it has an unusual Agatha Christie plot because this time the killer is shown breifly at the beginning of the story.(Of course the identity and even sex being kept secret). I find this as the most eerie and baffling of all A.C. plots may be because of the absence of any detective. It even has many loose ends that are joint and logically linked up as the plot progresses. In short it is about a retired solicitor, a tennis star his new goodlooking wife, his first unhappy wife, first wife's faithful lover, an old an infirm lady,the tennis star's friend who wooes his new wife, some seemingly insignifacant persons and a care-taker of a house where a strange coincidence brings all the characters together which is nothing but a part of a fool-proof plan to murder. I have never enjoyed any other book of Christie before to be frank it even surpasses her detective plots. In any case this is not to be missed.

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