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Passenger to Frankfurt (1970)

by Agatha Christie

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This book surely ranks as one of the strangest ever written by Agatha Christie. Far from a "mystery" or crime story, it's a drama involving international events and mysterious world-wide conspiracies.

The plot is a vast muddle, too incomprehensible make sense of. As seen through the author's eyes, the world has seemingly gone mad, full of student unrest, sexual promiscuity, and drug use. According to this book’s convoluted plot, these are the result of a massive conspiracy to bring the world to anarchy, a plot hatched by… by whom? It’s not a Communist plot (as one might expect for a writer who lived through the Cold War); rather she hearkens back to the villains of her middle years, since it’s all a massive neo- Nazi conspiracy. Massive amounts of money are involved, flowing across international borders, subverting governments. Hitler supposedly was smuggled into Argentina at the end of WW2 (his body double was left in the bunker) where he had a son whose ankle was tattooed with a swastika, but he’s actually the son of someone else and is being used in the plot. There’s a Countess who plans to be leader of the fascist world, and a scientist named Professor Shoreham who has invented a drug called Project Benvo that makes people altruistic (though he had a stroke and shelved the project); and a villain named Kleek tries to kill a Lord Altamount by poison but is foiled so the nurse shoots the Lord who dies of shock, and the violence leads the Professor to resurrect his Benvo Project; and then Hitler’s supposed son is going to become an organist at the church, and then there’s a final chapter where suddenly Sir Stafford Nye is going to marry a woman named Mary Ann whose life he saved at the beginning of the book by giving her his airline ticket. whew. I had to extract a lot of this from Wikipedia; getting it out of the would have taken many hours.

I side with the critics who wondered if the elderly Mrs. Christie quite understood the world in which she found herself in the late 1960s – with its drugs, sex, and student protestors. One of her characters – a woman – complains about all the student protestors… “Shouting about Vietnam and all that. What do any of them know about Vietnam? None of them have ever been there, have they?” Wow. I have to side with the critic who wondered whether the old dear understood what the phrase “Third World” means. Mrs. Christie uses it as a label for the utopian world that the rebellious youth hoped to create.

This book is a curiosity, but not one to read except for those who want to be able to have read everything written by Agatha Christie. Out of sympathy for the dear old lady, others should avert their eyes. ( )
2 vote danielx | Mar 23, 2019 |
In the ’20s, Christie wrote several thrillers before she was firmly established as the ‘Queen of Crime’. None of them were amazing – indeed, we’ll see most of them coming up in the next couple of posts – but neither were any as misguided as this one, perhaps unwisely chosen to celebrate Christie’s 80th birthday. (It’s a wonder her reputation didn’t slide further during her last years.) A 'North by Northwest' scenario sees a diplomat caught up in what can only be described as a web of international intrigue (what else would you call it?), up against the usual world-domination seeking manic. So many questions… I just don’t care. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
Ugh! How I made it midway through disc 5 (of 7) of this stinker before quitting is a mystery in itself. I enjoy Agatha Christie's mysteries, but this one (published in 1970) is her attempt at a spy-thriller (similar to [b:The Big Four|16316|The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)|Agatha Christie|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1372506728s/16316.jpg|721292] but even worse). It started off interestingly enough but soon descended into long chapters of very old men and women sitting around complaining about the world, which is apparently on the brink because of hippies, drugs, promiscuity, and student protests instigated by resurgent Nazis. ( )
1 vote J.Green | Apr 7, 2017 |
A very strange book with some interesting plot twists but just too bizarre to be taken seriously.
  rosiezbanks | Jan 28, 2017 |
This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.tumblr.com by express permission of this reviewer Title: Passenger to Frankfurt Series: ----- Author: Agatha Christie Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars Genre: Mystery Pages: 250 Synopsis: A vast worldwide conspiracy of Youth and Neo-Nazism arise. A middle aged man meets a woman in Frankfurt and becomes part of the campaign against said Youth Movement. And then things wrap up. My Thoughts: This felt very disjointed and badly put together. Part of that was because I was expecting a Mystery and this was a kind of Political Thriller. The middle/end suddenly seemed to solve everything where as in the beginning the group was bewailing the fact that this Movement was completely unstoppable. The Benevolent Drug, not sure why ANYONE thought it would be a good idea. And finally, BAM, they get married. And the circumstances were as rough as the previous paragraph and this one. It left me feeling like I had somehow missed a huge chunk of the book. Not cool. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Adams, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, Anna-LiisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312981708, Mass Market Paperback)

Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you're invited to read...

Passenger To Frankfurt

It was an unusual predicament for Sir Stafford Nye-to awaken in a stupor after being drugged, only to find his passport stolen. There was also no trace of the fascinating woman he encountered in Frankfurt who begged him to help save her life. But Sir Stafford's troubles are only just beginning. The target of two murder attempts, he now seeks the help of the stranger who so urgently sought his. If he can locate her. What he finds is a woman of numerous identities and twice as many secrets, who ushers him into the shadows of an international conspiracy that could well prove to be the death of them.

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Sir Stafford Nye's flight home from Malaya takes an unprecedented twist when a young woman confides in him that someone is trying to kill her. In a moment of weakness, he agrees to lend her his passport. Unwittingly, the diplomat has put his own life on the line. When he meets the mystery woman again, she is a different person, and he finds himself drawn into a battle against an invisible?and altogether more dangerous?enemy. . . .

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