The Big Four

The Big Four

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Book - 2011
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"Framed in the doorway of Hercule Poirot's bedroom stands an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man stares for a moment, then he sways and falls. Who is he? Is he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what is the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life--and that of his 'twin brother'--to uncover the truth."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011, c1927
Edition: 1st Harper paperback edition
ISBN: 9780062073877
0062073877
Branch Call Number: F CHR NVD
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Big 4

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bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

Far be it from me to argue mysteries with the Grand Dame herself but I think she went a little overboard in her attempts to prove that the Big Four were truly all-powerful. Toward the end I was distinctly underwhelmed when yet another seemingly unconnected case turned out to lead directly back to…gasp…the Big Four.

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KarenW
Nov 14, 2011

Bleah! This is the most preposterous plot that Christie has ever conceived. Four people create and control every disaster that happens in the world and Poirot and Hastings figure out who they are and start hunting them down. Several traps are set but do not catch the crooks until the final few pages of a very disappointing novel from such a great author.

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nicollemelanson
Mar 12, 2011

Agatha Christie was a very uneven author. This is one of her most disappointing efforts. She cobbled it together at one of the lowest points in her life with the help of her brother in law by pulling together several short stories. It reads like a spoof of Sherlock Holmes with a little bit of James Bond thrown in for thrills. The Hercule Poirot you meet in this book is a two dimensional cardboard cutout of the character we Christie lovers have come to cherish. If you want to read a 'thriller' by Christie I recommend "Cat Among the Pigeons" or the "Tommy and Tuppence" series. Don't bother with "The Big Four."

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pattypi
Jun 30, 2016

It is a mistake to under estimate your adversary - mon ami.

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pattypi
Jun 30, 2016

In some things they deceive themselves- tant mieux! They will learn in due time. Meanwhile we have learnt something and to know is to be prepared.

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pattypi
Jun 30, 2016

Mon ami - Where there is the Big Four, there is always danger.

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pattypi
Jun 30, 2016

Hercule Poirot saves the world from the Big Four Super Villians. With faithful Hastings at his side, the duo outwit Number 1 Li Chang Yen - the second best mind in the world, Number 2 an American Businessman, Number 3 a French scientist and Number 4 a multi-disguised actor aka The Destroyer. The Big Four are for themselves only. Their aim is world domination. They spin deceitful webs which Poirot and Hastings have to navigate- not always coming out on top. There is intrigue, kidnapping, and of course murder. Pluses Hercule Poirot learns to play chess and seeing Hercules' twin brother in action. Short in length but action packed with many roadblocks to overcome.

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