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Destination Unknown

By Agatha Christie

1954 - London - The Crime Club

7.5" by 5"; 191pp, [1]

 

 

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The first edition of this detective fiction by prolific writer Agatha Christie.

This is the true first UK edition, the following year the first US edition was published under the name So Many Steps to Death by Dodd, Mead and Company. This particular publication was published by the Collins Crime Club, an eagerly sought publisher. The main reason for the publisher's success is that they published all except five of Agatha Christie's books.

Destination Unknown followed Christie's popular Marple novel A Pocket Full of Rye and is one of the only four Christie novels to not have received an adaptation of any kind, and one of the only five to not have a screen adaptation.

The plot follows a deserted wife and bereaved mother, Hilary Craven, who is plotting her suicide at the start of the novel. She is approached by a secret agent Jessop to undertake a dangerous mission as opposed to her planned suicide of sleeping pills. The story then follows her mission to impersonate a dying woman to help find her missing nuclear scientist husband who may have been defected to the Soviet Union. 

Agatha Christie is one of the most prolific crime writers of the twentieth century and . Her work consists of 66 detective novels, 150 short stories and 19 plays; she is the writer of the world's longest running play, The Mousetrap which has been on stage since 1952. Christie is also one of the bestselling novelists of all time and her works rank highly in the most-widely published books.    

CONDITION

In original red cloth binding and held in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Externally, excellent with minor shelfwear to the head and tail of spine. Dustwrapper is generally smart with some chipping to the extremities, particularly the foredge, and to the head and tail of spine. Dustwrapper is slightly sunned with handling marks to the rear wrap. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean throughout. Overall: NEAR FINE in a VERY GOOD dustwrapper.


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