Ordeal By Innocence ~ Ppr Paperback – Jun 15 1987
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'Family tensions and suspicions are adroitly handled, and the solution is characteristically surprising' New York Times 'Has the particular distinction of presenting a new temporary detective in place of Poirot or Miss Marple.' New York Herald Tribune Book Review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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According to the courts, Jacko Argylebludgeoned his mother to death with apoker. The sentence was life imprisonment.But when Dr. Arthur Calgary arrives withthe proof that confirms Jacko’s innocence, itis too late—Jacko died behind bars followinga bout of pneumonia. Worse still, the doctor’srevelations reopen old wounds in thefamily, increasing the likelihood that the realmurderer will strike again.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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Two years later, Dr. Arthur Calgary, the man who had given him the ride, returns from an Arctic expedition. Calgary had been struck by a lorry the morning after giving Jack a ride, suffered a severe case of amnesia, and left immediately to join the expedition without knowing of the murder or of the fact that he alone could provide an alibi.
Although it is too late to change things, Calgary feels it necessary to tell the family his story. The family is less than receptive because this new revelation means the real murderer is still at large and could be one of them. This novel is filled with maladjusted personalities and one more murder plus an attempted murder will occur before the truth is revealed.
ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE is most notable for the remarkable strength of all the characterizations, the dark, menacing atmosphere, and the fascinating themes of guilt and innocence that Christie brings up. The plot is not as intricate or complex as her masterpieces, but the clues are laid with absolutely impeccable skill, and the solution is both clever and surprising. One of her best late books.
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My winter project - or one of them - has been to read all of Agatha Christie's mysteries that don't involve Poirot or Miss Marple (because reading those were my last two mystery... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Vince Marinelli
ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE is a good example of Christie's tendency to tweak and twist earlier plot devices and then combine them with different themes to create something new, and here... Read morePublished on May 6 2002 by Gary F. Taylor