A young woman with nothing to live for is persuaded to embark on a suicide mission to find a missing scientist...When a number of leading scientists disappear without trace, concern grows within the international intelligence community.
Are they being kidnapped? Blackmailed? Brainwashed? One woman appears to have the key to the mystery. Unfortunately, Olive Betteron now lies in a hospital bed, dying from injuries sustained in a Moroccan plane crash.
Meanwhile, in a Casablanca hotel room, Hilary Craven prepares to take her own life.
But her suicide attempt is about to be interrupted by a man who will offer her an altogether more thrilling way to die...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 07/04/2003
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9780007154906
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Review by riverwillow
This is a Christie conspiracy thriller, in which scientists (and other brilliant minds) are disappearing across the world. Hilary Craven, bereaved and newly divorced, gets caught up in the investigation at the request of a unlikely looking spy.
Review by Ludi_Ling
This is one of those books that I shouldn't even like, but happen to adore. And not just because it's a Christie book. It is very much a child of its times - it is diffuse with the paranoia of the 1950's Cold War, puts conspiracy theory in a fast car and runs away with it. Every twist and turn manages to outdo the next, becoming more and more incredible and nonsensical as the story progresses. There is no way a plot as convoluted and over-wrought as this could ever happen in real life. The plot holes are more gaping than the Grand Canyon.And yet... This is a book that I could read over and over and thoroughly enjoy it. Taken with just the right pinch of salt, a gung-ho attitude and a healthy suspension of disbelief, this is a rewarding romp of a book that makes no serious demands of its reader, nor does it take itself too seriously. Its characters are a pastiche of various noir B-movie types; its plot is eerily reminiscent of The Big Four, but with a tighter, more engaging plot. It does not pretend to be anything more than it is - a light, entertaining, if slightly fantastical read.
Review by nocto
Not a Christie I'd heard of before and not a regular mystery. Good first half, I like the way someone about to commit suicide is offered a mission with a good chance of death instead. The plot goes gradually downhill in the second half really. This is a kind of spy thriller which falls somewhere between vintage and dated. Having finished it I am more inclined towards "vintage" for the good descriptive aspects of travelling in the 1950s rather than "dated" for some of the plot devices, I was at least pleased it didn't fall into the whole "oh no not the communists" pit that I it teetered on the edge of for a while. Not a book I'd recommend to anyone else really, but not one I regret picking up.