Towards Zero (Outdoor Version)

Towards Zero (Outdoor Version)

by Agatha Christie


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When a house party gathers at Gull’s Point, the seaside home of Lady Tressilian, Neville Strange finds himself caught between his old wife, Audrey, and his new flame, Kay. A nail-biting thriller, the play probes the psychology of jealousy in the shadow of a savage and brutal murder. With reflections on suicide, depression and redemption, the play is a layered drama of piercing intelligence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780573115684
Publisher: Samuel French Ltd
Publication date: 09/06/2018
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)

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Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


Home schooling

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Towards Zero 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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This was a fantastic book!!!
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Yes I agree with the 13 year old reviewer above. How can anyone not like this book? No doubt the title is too pessimistic and I was avoiding this book all these years because to me it seemed to be some nuclear science bore.I mean the title was such But it has an unusual Agatha Christie plot because this time the killer is shown breifly at the beginning of the story.(Of course the identity and even sex being kept secret). I find this as the most eerie and baffling of all A.C. plots may be because of the absence of any detective. It even has many loose ends that are joint and logically linked up as the plot progresses. In short it is about a retired solicitor, a tennis star his new goodlooking wife, his first unhappy wife, first wife's faithful lover, an old an infirm lady,the tennis star's friend who wooes his new wife, some seemingly insignifacant persons and a care-taker of a house where a strange coincidence brings all the characters together which is nothing but a part of a fool-proof plan to murder. I have never enjoyed any other book of Christie before to be frank it even surpasses her detective plots. In any case this is not to be missed.
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl and the romantic life of a famous tennis player? To the casual observer, perhaps nothing, but to Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard, these are the only potential clues available to him when he's sent to investigate a murder that takes place during a house party being held at the seaside home of an elderly bedridden lady. I did really enjoy this book. It's actually the second Agatha Christie book that I've ever read and I give it an A!
michellnaki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
nice one !!! the only flaw on this story is .. there are no poirot here , too bad , because the culprit are just genious , poirot and the culprit will make a great show
rachellwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Agatha Christie novels. Nevile Strange takes his new wife on vacation at his family home at the same time that his first wife, Audrey is also vacationing there. His elderly guardian, Lady Tressilian is murdered, and suspicion is immediately cast on the housemates.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The last time Superintendent Battle made an appearance was in 1939 in MURDER IS EASY (aka EASY TO KILL).TOWARDS ZERO opens with a Prologue which introduces the concept of characters converging towards Zero Hour.The book is broken up into sections, a feature that the reader barely notices.'OPEN THE DOOR AND HERE ARE THE PEOPLE' introduces the cast of characters: Angus MacWhirter in hospital after attempting to throw himself off a cliff and failing; an unknown person plotting a murder; Superintendent Battle called to his daughter's school because she has admitted to pilfering, Nevile Strange, his wife Kay and his ex-wife Audrey; Lady Tressilian and Mary Aldin at Gull's Point which all the Stranges will visit for two weeks in September; Thomas Royde returning home to Gull's Point from Malaya; Mr Treves (whom we met in the Prologue) looking for somewhere to spend his holidays; and Ted Latimer, a friend of the Kay Strange.The novel progresses, bringing the characters together at Salt Creek, closer and closer to Zero Hour.And then two murders take place and Superintendent Battle staying with his nephew Jim Leach is pulled into the investigation.Superintendent Battle comes over as a pretty stodgy sort of policeman who does things by the book. In fact I think Agatha Christie fans may well have been disappointed that the author didn't choose one of her other sleuths for the role. (The Agatha Christie site reveals that it was adapted for TV in 2007 with Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple.)Battle's plodding methods and determination to get irrefutable evidence win the day and eventually the right person is apprehended.For much of the book TOWARDS ZERO feels rather like a romance, with eternal triangles, jealousies, and thwarted desires. And then it gathers pace, with only twenty or so pages to go, and we hear a point made before, by Treves and then by Battle, who makes a statement worthy of Poirot himself: When you read the account of a murder - or say, a fiction story based on murder, you usually begin with the murder itself. That's all wrong. The murder begins a long time beforehand. A murder is the culmination of a lot of different circumstances, all converging into it from different parts of the globe and unforeseen reasons..... The murder itself is the end of the story. It's Zero Hour.And then Battle goes on to nail the murderer and prevent another murder. The plot of the book is quite a clever one, but there were a couple of things that hung: Angus MacWhirter's role for instance: it almost felt as if Christie wanted to include another element of romance. Mr Treves' story of a child who kills another with an bow and arrow is never fully explained which was frustrating. The murder that takes place at Gull's Point has a clumsy explanation depending on the difference in left and right hand swings and I had great difficulty in imagining the murder weapon.This is the last novel in which Superintendent Battle makes an appearance. With Inspector Japp as a foil in many of the Poirot titles Superintendent Battle outlived his usefulness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an unusual story due to it's layout. Right at the start, one of the characters states his theory on murder. He stresses the importance of the preamble to murder. The murder, itself, is merely a culmination of many bits and pieces. And that, is how Christie lays out this story. We are shown an array of people and events over a period of several months; essentially, all the bits and pieces. They culminate at a house party. It's there the reader starts to really feel the tension Christie has been building. You know the blow is coming, but, as per usual with Christie, things are not always obvious.
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Forensic213 More than 1 year ago
There are few books as consistantly satisfying as Agatha Christie novels (with the less said about her "suspense" books, the better,) and "Towards Zero" is no exception. With a stated theme of "what comes before the murder is infinitely more important than the act itself," the book details the small group of acquaintances, most related in some familial way, who talk with, argue with, love, and hate each other--until one of them dies. This is one of the few Superintendent Battle books, the police officer who is one of the lesser-known of Christie's detectives. There is a reason for this--while he shows himself to be a very capable, no-nonsense detective, he lacks the larger personality of Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. This does not really detract for the story at all; it simply makes it less of a candidate for popularity as the others. My only real complaint about the book is that the foreshadowing about one character is not subtly done at all, and becomes quite obtrusive. What the foreshadowing means, of course I will not say--it's the technique itself that is annoying. I do recommend this book, especially if you've already read most of the rest of Christie's corpus and yearn for more. It's a good, solid read, with much of the packaging and style that makes Agatha Christie the Queen of Mystery.
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glauver More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie assembled the elements of a very good suspense mystery. Then she was unable to tie them together. Her hero, Superintendent Battle, was cut from gray cardboard and her upper crust suspects were straight from Central Casting. Even Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot would have been a ray of sunshine in this dreary menagerie. The victims were lucky; they didn't have to read this book. Finally, the implausible conclusion ambled in from left field and fell headlong over second base Everyone but the killer lived happily ever after. There must be a reason for Dame Agatha's success, but I confess it eludes me.
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