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The Big Four (1927)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (5)

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    Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie (Ludi_Ling)
    Ludi_Ling: Some 30 years may separate them, but both feature the same slightly inane global conspiracy theory plot.
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Unlike most Christies this one has kind of a wacky plot. I'm still not sure how the fellow who was #4 got mixed up with the rest of them, given that he seemed to not move in the same circles. And he never seemed all that menacing to me. What made this one for me was the exploration of Poirot's & Hastings's friendship. I think you really get to see the depths of it here, how concerned they are for each other and how much each wants to keep the other safe. ( )
  CCleveland | Nov 27, 2013 |
Poirot finds himself up against a crime syndicate called The Big Four.

A series of short stories not very well strung together to make a novel. Criminal masterminds and their machinations are not really Agatha Christie's forte and the knowing nods to Sherlock Holmes irritate rather than amuse. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 25, 2013 |
Poirot takes on the world's greatest criminals and wins. Whoopee.

This was just too ridiculous. I don't think I'll be reading any more Poirot novels. ( )
  Bookstooge | Sep 26, 2013 |
Poirot is brought up against an international conspiracy headed by the melodramatically-named Big Four: four individuals from America, France, China, and England. Poirot faces each in a series of extremely contrived adventures. The story is extremely cheesy, but lots of fun. Not a story to be taken seriously, but an enjoyable romp. ( )
  page.fault | Sep 21, 2013 |
My least favorite Agatha Christie book...it just didn't work having Poirot take on "The Big Four". Poirot works better in a tradional mystery setting (someone dies, there are clues, people get questioned, mystery gets solved).
Characters are still amazing. The Plot just wasn't up to her usual quality. ( )
  ferrisscottr | Jun 18, 2013 |
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Alone, each was formidable. Together, they were virtually invincible. The Big Four -

a brilliant Chinese man,
an American Millionaire,
a French woman scientists and
an elusive maser of disguise -
a criminal conspiracy with diabolical designs.

Even the indomitable Hercule Poirot is appalled as he follows a trail of murders in what could very well prove to be his final case.
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"No, no; rearrange your ideas, mon ami," Poirot said. "Exercise your little gray cells. You are Mayerling. You hear something, perhaps - and you know well enough that your doom is sealed. You have just time to leave a sign.
Four o'clock, Hastings. Number Four, the destroyer ....
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425098826, Paperback)

An emaciated stranger approaches Hercule Poirot, shouts a warning about "the big four" and drops dead. Who knew Poirot's inquiry into the man's odd behavior would lead to an underground laboratory, an insane asylum, and rumors of a secret weapon?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:29:02 -0400)

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They are formidable enemies in their own rights: a French scientist, an American millionaire, a brilliant Chinese gentleman, and a master of disguise. But together they are the Big Four, a partnership with one simple goal, murder. Hercule Poirot has never come up against an opponent so vicious, or so deadly.… (more)

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