Towards Zero
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Towards Zero

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by Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser
     
 

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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...

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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...

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572705449
Publisher:
Audio Partners Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
Audio Editions Mystery Masters Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Katherine Hall Page
“Agatha Christie set the bar.”

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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.

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Towards Zero 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Forensic213 More than 1 year ago
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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glauver More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie assembled the elements of a very good suspense mystery. Then she was unable to tie them together. Her hero, Superintendent Battle, was cut from gray cardboard and her upper crust suspects were straight from Central Casting. Even Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot would have been a ray of sunshine in this dreary menagerie. The victims were lucky; they didn't have to read this book. Finally, the implausible conclusion ambled in from left field and fell headlong over second base Everyone but the killer lived happily ever after. There must be a reason for Dame Agatha's success, but I confess it eludes me.
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