Towards Zero (Agatha Christie Collection) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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“Agatha Christie has surpassed herself”
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What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player?
To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a houseparty gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head.--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition. See all Product Description
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The story begins in February with an unnamed person writing a plan to murder another unspecified person later in the year, in September. The plan is clear and carefully detailed by someone obsessed with one thought alone, of murder more than six months into the future.
In September, Lady Camilla Tressilian hosts several guests for a fortnight at her home, Gull's Point. Early during the party, a visitor tells a story to all present about a child killing another child with a bow-and-arrow. Is the murderous child connected to the events unfolding at Gulls Point? Violent death occurs at Gull's Point only days later and Superindendent Battle and his nephew, Inspector Leach, must work out the who, how and why of the murder that has taken place.
The story structure is very unusual but the inclusion of an intricate plot, unusually subtle clues and an adaptation of the real-life Devon locality of Salcombe and the Yealm estuary as a setting makes for a masterpiece.
The theme and motivation for murder is unusual for Christie, so too is the outline portrayal of a certain type of psychopathic behaviour which is extremely fascinating to discern. The characters are unusually well drawn and one can only speculate how much Christie drew on her own life as an inspiration for this story; further study of this might be fruitful.
The TV adaptation on location, with some alterations (most notably including Miss Marple) is very acceptable but the original plot structure (crucially) and some of the subtlety of the clues and red herrings in the original story is lost.Read more ›
However this book is so good as Christie places the main murder late on in the book viewing, as is the case,murder being the end of a series of events rather than the start.
The solution is totally unexpected but if you look back through the book and the characters it is the only possible solution that would work.
A true classic
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yet another wonderful Agatha Christie - twists and turns, and plenty of tension right up until the last moment. Always a shock at the end!Published 3 months ago by egh
Plenty of evidence of here to support the view that Christie favoured plot devices and puzzles over the actual writing of her books. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jl Adcock
One of my all time favourite Christie books. It keeps you guessing until the very end. All the characters are well developed.Published 10 months ago by Moo
This is an Agatha Christie that I had missed......thought I'd read most of them. I enjoyed it, a 'period piece' as they all are now, and, of course, I didn't guess who the bad guy... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bookworm
A good example of Agatha Christie's clear, engaging writing that ensures absorbed reading to the endPublished 11 months ago by Nthom