The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

The Secret Adversary

byAgatha Christie

Kobo ebook | January 22, 2014

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This Housemartin Classics edition includes the full original text as well as an easy to use interactive table of contents.

The Secret Adversary is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head in January 1922 and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company later in that same year.

The book introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence who feature in three other Christie books and one collection of short stories written throughout her writing career.

Upon publication of the first book edition it was reviewed by The Times Literary Supplement in its edition of 26 January 1922 which described it as "a whirl of thrilling adventures". It stated that the characters of Tommy and Tuppence as "refreshingly original" and praised the fact that the "identity of the arch-criminal, the elusive "Mr Brown", is cleverly concealed to the very end".

The critic for The New York Times Book Review (11 June 1922) was also impressed, "It is safe to assert that unless the reader peers into the last chapter or so of the tale, he will not know who this secret adversary is until the author chooses to reveal him."

The review gave something of a backhanded compliment when it said that Christie "gives a sense of plausibility to the most preposterous situations and developments."

Nevertheless they conceded that, "Miss Christie has a clever prattling style that shifts easily into amusing dialogue and so aids the pleasure of the reader as he tears along with Tommy and Tuppence on the trail of the mysterious Mr Brown. Many of the situations are a bit moth-eaten from frequent usage by other writers, but at that Miss Christie manages to invest them with a new sense of individuality that renders them rather absorbing."

Title:The Secret AdversaryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 22, 2014Publisher:Housemartin ClassicsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1634612027

ISBN - 13:9781634612029

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