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Passenger to Frankfurt Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 1992

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks; Reprint edition (Nov. 1992)
  • ISBN-10: 0061003786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061003783
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,089,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Marvellously entertaining’ OBSERVER

‘It is not an impossible story – it is only a fantastic one.’ AGATHA CHRISTIE

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When a bored diplomat is approached in a black airport by a woman whose life is in danger, his interest is aroused. In a moment of weakness, he agrees to lend her his passport and boarding ticket.

Suddenly, Stafford Nye’s own life is on the line. For he has unwittingly entered a web of international intrigue, from which the only escape is to outwit the Countess von Waldsausen – a power-crazed spider, hell-bent on world domination.

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 80 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

‘It is not an impossible story – it is only a fantastic one’
AGATHA CHRISTIE

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Format: Paperback
Of the 80 or so books that Agatha Christie wrote, this is probably her poorest effort. Her murder mysteries are all superb, but when it comes to writing tales of international intrigue, she wasn't really in her element.
The plot sounds interesting enough at first sight but the book never really gets going, the storyline is fairly boring and I was relieved when I finally reached the end.
Not one of her best!
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I found this story a great disappointment, which was nothing to do with any change of style on Christie's part in writing a "spy" story instead of the usual cosy country house murder mystery. I don't mind at all if a favourite author changes tack. I may have been less than generous in only giving one star, as the first few chapters certainly held my attention. But I'm not going to pretend that the story must have an inherent value hidden to all but the more discerning of us. Halfway through I found I was struggling to keep track of what on earth was going on, and then found I couldn't care less what happened to any of these characters, so I gave up at that point.
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Format: Library Binding
Most of the other reviewers have it right - this book is a disaster. I'd have given it no stars, but I wasn't given the choice. One reviewer admires Christie for tryng something new. It's a good thing she didn't write this book first because she'd have never gotten it published. It's awful in every way; plot development, character development, prose style. I especially hated Christie's constant harangue as she bangs away at some notion of fascists taking over the world through the youth of the planet, a plot financed by the monied industrial types, and what that evil portends for the future of the world, mankind, womankind, and anyone else who happens to walk onto the stage. What's worse? She says it over and over and over and....You want good Christie? Read "Hercule Poirot's Christmas!"
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Format: Hardcover
This is different - this is no crime novel, it's a tale of espionage in a much darker vein than many of Christie's earlier work. As her 80th book, written at the age of 80, it shows a different side of Christie that not as many people know about.

Unfortunately, it's not the most memorable of Christie's novels, and while I've read worse, I haven't read much worse from her. Passenger to Frankfurt is mediocre at best, worth a read if you can't get enough of Christie but otherwise now really worth your time.

Instead, I suggest investigating some of her better books - Poirot in particular appears in most of her greatest works. I recommend Death On the Nile or And Then There Were None. I've got nothing against it as a rule, I was just disappointed after reading it, and I'm not one to be disappointed easily.

If you do decide to proceed, proceed with caution - this is Christie as you might not have seen her before, so set your expectations accordingly.
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It's not one of her best books and the plot is a bit over the top but the main characters are really worth reading the book for. Christie's later books are more about the people, more character led than plot led and this is one of those. Enjoy the characters and forgive the plot
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Format: Paperback
Okay. We all know this was one of the last few novels that Christie wrote, and that she was eighty when she did it, but the problems don't so much lie with an ageing author's diminishing ability to write good content, or even produce an engaging central idea, just that the whole thing is crying out to be run past a good editor before publication.

The novel begins well - Sir Stafford Nye, a bored diplomat, is approached at an airport by a stranger and asked to "loan" his passport and clothes so that the stranger (who claims to be in danger) may travel undetected. The action switches to London, there are some nice scenes which flesh out the character of Nye, a surprise attempt on his life and then..the novel just slips into repetition, banging on about "a new world order", "the power of youth" and general paranoia about Fascists and Socialists and, oddly, students. What plot there is (and there is one; it's rather fun, if a little sensationalist) is lost in heavy, meandering prose which any editor worth their salt should have cut down, tidied up, and clarified. I maintain that, had this been done, Passenger to Frankfurt could have been a satisfying (if slightly bonkers) thriller in the mould of Christie's other similar novels, such as The Secret Adversary or Destination Unknown.
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Format: Paperback
This thriller is far from Christie's best work. Published in 1970, when Christie was 80, its modern setting of airports and secret government meetings is unrelentingly modern, far away from the cosy murder mystery in a country house. The running thread of the world having evil trying to gain power, and the country being in a mess through poor government is depressingly topical today. So the subject matter falls short of Agatha's golden moments, but so does the writing. Unengaging characters banging on about how things used to be better in the old days and twists that don't so much twist but bend slightly out of a straight line. Plus, the ending is suprisingly ambiguous... not an essential Agatha Chrisite at all.
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