The Big Four

The Big Four

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Large Print - 2011
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Number One was the greatest criminal brain of all time; Number Two was a multi-millionaire; Number Three was a beautiful Frenchwoman; and Number Four was "the destroyer," the ruthless murderer with a genius for disguise, whose business it was to remove those who interfered with his masters plans. These four, working together, aimed at establishing world dominance.

Hercule Poirot was preparing for a voyage to South America when an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in mud, stood at his doorway, collapsed, then recovered long enough to scribble the number four on a piece of paper. It's now up to Poirot and his faithful assistant Hastings to follow the clues and stop a deadly cabal from achieving its devastating end.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011, c1927
Edition: Center Point large print ed. --
ISBN: 9781611732054
Branch Call Number: FIC Chris
Characteristics: 256 p. --


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bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

Far be it from me to argue mysteries with the Grand Dame herself but I think she went a little overboard in her attempts to prove that the Big Four were truly all-powerful. Toward the end I was distinctly underwhelmed when yet another seemingly unconnected case turned out to lead directly back to…gasp…the Big Four.

Nov 14, 2011

Bleah! This is the most preposterous plot that Christie has ever conceived. Four people create and control every disaster that happens in the world and Poirot and Hastings figure out who they are and start hunting them down. Several traps are set but do not catch the crooks until the final few pages of a very disappointing novel from such a great author.

Mar 12, 2011

Agatha Christie was a very uneven author. This is one of her most disappointing efforts. She cobbled it together at one of the lowest points in her life with the help of her brother in law by pulling together several short stories. It reads like a spoof of Sherlock Holmes with a little bit of James Bond thrown in for thrills. The Hercule Poirot you meet in this book is a two dimensional cardboard cutout of the character we Christie lovers have come to cherish. If you want to read a 'thriller' by Christie I recommend "Cat Among the Pigeons" or the "Tommy and Tuppence" series. Don't bother with "The Big Four."


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Jun 30, 2016

It is a mistake to under estimate your adversary - mon ami.

Jun 30, 2016

In some things they deceive themselves- tant mieux! They will learn in due time. Meanwhile we have learnt something and to know is to be prepared.

Jun 30, 2016

Mon ami - Where there is the Big Four, there is always danger.


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Jun 30, 2016

Hercule Poirot saves the world from the Big Four Super Villians. With faithful Hastings at his side, the duo outwit Number 1 Li Chang Yen - the second best mind in the world, Number 2 an American Businessman, Number 3 a French scientist and Number 4 a multi-disguised actor aka The Destroyer. The Big Four are for themselves only. Their aim is world domination. They spin deceitful webs which Poirot and Hastings have to navigate- not always coming out on top. There is intrigue, kidnapping, and of course murder. Pluses Hercule Poirot learns to play chess and seeing Hercules' twin brother in action. Short in length but action packed with many roadblocks to overcome.

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