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Framed in the doorway of Poirot's bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man's gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell.
Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure four, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper?
Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the truth about Number Four.
©1927 Agatha Christie (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)
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By barbara on 12-31-10

unusual agatha

This story takes Hercules away from his usual local murders into the world of espionage. I loved it. Lots of little surprises keeping the pace moving along.

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By George on 06-08-11

Poirot's most exciting adventure!

I loved this book from start to finish. It takes Poirot and Hastings into the world of international espionage and conspiracy. Time after time, they escape risky situations, as they seek the 'Big Four' of the title, individuals who between them make up a global superpower. Occasionally it is a bit silly, or even slightly ridiculous, but that just makes it all the more entertaining. The narration by Hugh Fraser (who plays Hastings in the ITV Poirot series) is excellent. Whilst it is an excellent book, I would not recommend it to those who have not read or listened to Poirot stories before - this book is likely improved by a good understanding of Poirot and Hastings, and the relationship between them, which is explored in Agatha Christie's earlier work.

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By Jaye Hardy on 05-17-15

The Big Four

Great, fantastic, amazing I don't know what else to say. I listened to it all then relistened in sections which was a good idea there is a lot going on Poirot even does thong you never thought he'd do
you could relisten to this book over again and still pick up things that you've nodded before
I really recommend this audio book

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