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Passenger to Frankfurt [Mass Market Paperback]

Agatha Christie
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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July 15 1992
When a mysterious young woman at Frankfurt Airport asks for his assistance, Sir Stafford Nye works--with little concern for his own safety--to uncover a conspiracy for global domination. Reprint.

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'Marvellously entertaining' OBSERVER 'It is not an impossible story - it is only a fantastic one.' AGATHA CHRISTIE --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Sir Stafford Nye's flight home from Malaya takes an unprecedented twist when a young woman confides in him that someone is trying to kill her. In a moment of weakness, he agrees to lend her his passport. Unwittingly, the diplomat has put his own life on the line. When he meets the mystery woman again, she is a different person, and he finds himself drawn into a battle against an invisible—and altogether more dangerous—enemy. . . .

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Christie's worst book June 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have adored Agatha Christie for many years and have read everything she's every written at least several times. This is the only Christie book that I can ever remember hating while I was reading it. It pains me to say this but this is definitely her worst book ever, hands down. Even Postern of Fate and Elephants Can Remember had some redeeming qualities but not this book. I should probably give it one star but I just cannot bring myself to do that to Agatha. Part of the problem with this book is that Christie evidently got herself caught up in the late 1960's spy/conspiracy craze and got carried away by a genre she had no business dealing with. The other problem is that Agatha's writing skills had declined significantly when this book was published and it shows in this book. If there are any readers out there who are not familiar with Christie or who are only casual fans, please do not read this book until you have read every other Christie availabled. I would suggest reading any of her works written prior to 1958 first (preferably reading the 1920's and 30's first)and only then begin reading her later stuff.
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With over 80 detective novels to her credit, not to mention an enormous number of short stories, plays and even romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, Agatha Christie is, by any conceivable standard, a prolific author. Therefore, it follows as a logical inevitability that something she wrote must be classed as "the best" and something else as "the worst". I can't claim to have read everything the good lady wrote but, of those novels that I have read, "Passenger to Frankfurt" easily qualifies as the worst of the bunch.

Stafford Nye, a rather shiftless, easygoing member of Britain's diplomatic corps who, by his own admission, enjoys a good joke and takes life rather less than seriously, encounters a mysterious woman in the airport in Frankfurt. Appealing to his chivalrous instincts and his desire for a bit of an adventure, she persuades him to let her steal his passport and boarding pass and use them to travel to England to avoid what she claims would be her likely murder if she travelled to Switzerland on her previously intended route.

Starting from this preposterously unlikely opening scenario, Christie takes us on a pointless, meandering, achingly repetitive "thriller" that actually constitutes a personal diatribe - the aging dowager authoress's post 1960s current outlook on the world as she rather bleakly perceived it. Neo-fascism, youth rebellion, drugs, violence, armament smuggling, hippies, skinheads and megalomaniacal financial tycoons bent on world domination all make their appearance in a novel whose plot never truly crystallizes into anything concrete.

The current Wikipedia article on "Passenger to Frankfurt" quotes Robert Barnard, a crime writer and contemporary of Agatha Christie, who categorized this novel as "the last of the thrillers, and one that slides from the unlikely to the inconceivable and finally lands up in incomprehensible muddle."

I couldn't agree more. Not recommended.

Paul Weiss
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1.0 out of 5 stars what a mess June 15 2004
Format:Hardcover
First off, let me say that i am a huge and dedicated fan of the great Dame Agatha Chrisite. I have read almost all her books, and i think she is the greatest mystery writer ever.
However, this rather fantastical effort is a departure from her usual murder mysteries into the murky world of espionage and the discovery of an anarchistic conspiracy run by neo-Nazis. The net effect is an amateurish and boring plot burdened by superfluous characters and a lack of exposition.
The main character seems to be likable Sir Stafford Nye, who is actually quite an interesting persona, until he is inexplicably dumped halfway through the book in favour of a fly-on-the-wall observation of various Cabinet meetings that are essentially redundant in telling the reader that the danger faced is very serious and mysterious. There are also long, abstract and irrelevant dialogues between mono-dimensional characters that make Agatha Christie seem at sea with a genre that is apparently too big for her.
When the mastermind behind the conspiracy is uncovered, we see a brief flash of the old Christie, as the culprit is someone whom the reader never suspects. However, the epilogue, instead of explaining the culprit's motives or the fates of the various conspirators is instead a humorous yet unsatisfactory marriage between Sir Stafford and another character.
Several times during the narrative, I found the courage and fortitude to continue only by telling myself that the ending would be as brilliant and fulfilling as all her previous novels, yet once again, I was thoroughly disappointed with this sad excuse for a novel
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Thriller June 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with those reviewers that believe that this is not Agathat's best work, far from it. Her foray is mystery and this books attempts to be a thriller, which doesn't work at all. I cannot say that the writing is bad but this entire book is just not interesting. Her other books that have to do with world organizations are much better although also couldn't be compared to her regular setting of a family murder. So much of the plot just doesn't make sense and apart from the three main characters everyone else remain hazy, which is never the case in any of her other books. I have the entire collection and must say that this is her most unsuccessful literary attempt.
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