The Labors of Hercules
A Hercule Poirot Collection
By Agatha Christie
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062073983, 336pp.)
Publication Date: September 2011
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In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yetreasoned the detective like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters.
So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot makes up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed Labors. Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in one hundred foreign countries. She is the author of eighty novels and short-story collections, nineteen plays, and six novels under the name Mary Westmacott. She died in 1976.
“Hercule Poirot was and is the gold standard among brilliant and quirky detectives, and the Christie touch with plot and puzzle has never been equaled, much less exceeded.”
-John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
“A finely shaped book, richly devious and quite brilliant—by far the best volume of Poirot shorts.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“Twelve little masterpieces of detection. Poirot and Agatha Christie at their inimitable best.”
-Sunday Express (London)
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