Destination Unknown

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A woman is prevented from suicide when she’s given the opportunity to pretend to be someone else. Could this be a more thrilling way to die?

“Bright, busy excursion into this topical and extravagant sphere”

The Times Literary Supplement, 1954


About this story

First released

September 1954 (serialised in John Bull, UK)

Genre

  • Espionage, 
  • Thriller

Formats

  • Novel

Recurring characters

  • Mademoiselle La Roche

Murder methods

Setting

  • Middle East

A woman thinks she has nothing to live for – bereaved, divorced – she is saved from suicide by an opportunity to die in an altogether more thrilling way. Nuclear scientists, international intrigue and a touch of romance, Agatha Christie takes her readers on a wild excursion far from the country houses and cosy murders of England.

Christie based this book partly on the activities of two famous physicists of the early 1950s: Bruno Ponecorvo, who defected to Russia, and Emil Fuchs, who spied for the Russians.  It is another of Christie’s light-hearted thriller novels featuring a daring and fearless heroine ...

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A woman thinks she has nothing to live for – bereaved, divorced – she is saved from suicide by an opportunity to die in an altogether more thrilling way. Nuclear scientists, international intrigue and a touch of romance, Agatha Christie takes her readers on a wild excursion far from the country houses and cosy murders of England.

Christie based this book partly on the activities of two famous physicists of the early 1950s: Bruno Ponecorvo, who defected to Russia, and Emil Fuchs, who spied for the Russians.  It is another of Christie’s light-hearted thriller novels featuring a daring and fearless heroine.

It was first published as a novel in the UK in November 1954 and was published in the US under the title So Many Steps to Death. It has never been adapted.



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