Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie|
And Then There Were None
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Eight people arrive on an isolated island off the Devonshire coast of England. Each appears to have an invitation tailored to his or her personal circumstances, such as an offer of employment or an unexpected late summer holiday. They are met by the island owners' butler and cook (who have never met their employer), making a total of ten people known to be on the island. While awaiting their hosts, they find a framed copy of the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Soldiers" ("Niggers" or "Indians" in respective earlier editions) hanging on the wall, and notice ten figurines on the dining room table, as well as discussing other oddities about the house and their visit. The butler plays a gramophone (or "phonograph") record while they are talking, as he had been instructed to do; unexpectedly the recording contains a voice that describes each visitor in turn and accuses each of having committed murder but evading justice, and asks if any of "the accused" wishes to give a defense. All are shocked and in the aftermath one of the guests (Anthony Marston) has a drink to help with the shock; however, his drink was poisoned with potassium cyanide and he chokes and dies. Subsequently the guests notice one of the ten figurines is now broken, and the nursery rhyme appears to reflect the manner of death ("One choked his little self and then there were nine").
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For me this is the best book from its genre. Unique authentic Agatha Christie.
Also known as: "Ten Little Niggers" (Original British Title)
As well as: "Ten Little Indians"
before retitling her book in 1939 officially referring still to the children's rime well known in many countries worldwide.
This Text is the American revision after retitling.
Publisher: Collins Crime Club
ISBN: 0062073486, 978-0062073488, 0312330871, 9780312330873
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