Philadelphia: Curtis, 1933. First Edition. Wrappers. Very good. Item #775
A rousing Christie showpiece circling an assassination on a moving train that soon becomes snowbound. There is a first–class coach filled with passengers using aliases, false clues, and convincing alibies, but it is a collaborative kabuki dance quickly penetrated by Hercule Poirot’s discovery that all 12 passengers and the conductor are guilty of a painstakingly plotted murder for revenge. Poirot reflects that some things blow up and some things blow over, and after deciding that the earlier crime (kidnapping and murder) was justly redressed, he lets the 13 assassins go free.
Fiction is the most fertile of arts because it encompasses everything that didn’t happen, and reading it provides peaceful, private, and quiet escape from everything that did.