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By Agatha Christie

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Passenger to Frankfurt - An Extravaganza
By Agatha Christie
Ulverscroft Large Print, 1990
ISBN: 0-7089-1184-6
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Simone Bonim - September 12, 2005

One of Agatha Christie's later works, Passenger to Frankfurt is a thrilling story that wrenches the bored Sir Stafford Nye out of his comfort zone and propels him into a dizzying maze of intrigue and danger. Nye is a British diplomat, who while traveling from Malaya to London finds himself stuck in Frankfurt Germany during a two-hour flight delay. While waiting for his flight he meets a young woman who claims that someone is trying to kill her. The young woman has a viable plan to escape her would-be assassin, but she needs Nye's help. With panache, Nye agrees to help her and is quickly drawn into the deadly web of an international organization bent upon world domination.

To help this mysterious young woman, Nye gives her his passport and traveling cloak and before he knows it, he finds himself the target of an assassination attempt. With killers on his own tail, he must uncover the identity of the young woman and extricate himself from a set of circumstances that only days before were beyond his imagination.

Passenger to Frankfurt is an intricately woven story that has layers upon layers of nuance, clues, and eccentric characters. This is not one of Christie's cozy mysteries. Rather, it is more akin to an espionage thriller without all the blood and guts found in so many books in this genre. It does however, have several murder attempts and episodes of off scene violence, similar to other Christie books.

An intriguing book, Passenger to Frankfurt provides an invigorating foray away from the quiet worlds of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and takes you into a world where the repercussions of the 'case' can have international implications and where the life of one man, will never be the same again. A unique book in the Christie repertoire, this is one of those stories that you'll either love, or hate, with a passion. Personally, I found it to be an outstanding book full of exquisite descriptions and personal observations.


Passenger to Frankfurt can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft.


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