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    The Floating Admiral (Paperback) By (author) Agatha Christie, By (author) The Detection Club, Preface by Simon Brett, Introduction by Dorothy L. Sayers, Prologue by G. K. Chesterton, Epilogue by Anthony Berkeley

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    DescriptionAgatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, G.K. Chesterton and nine other writers from the legendary Detection Club collaborate in this fiendishly clever but forgotten crime novel first published 80 years ago. Inspector Rudge does not encounter many cases of murder in the sleepy seaside town of Whynmouth. But when an old sailor lands a rowing boat containing a fresh corpse with a stab wound to the chest, the Inspector's investigation immediately comes up against several obstacles. The vicar, whose boat the body was found in, is clearly withholding information, and the victim's niece has disappeared. There is clearly more to this case than meets the eye - even the identity of the victim is called into doubt. Inspector Rudge begins to wonder just how many people have contributed to this extraordinary crime and whether he will ever unravel it...In 1931, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and ten other crime writers from the newly-formed 'Detection Club' collaborated in publishing a unique crime novel. In a literary game of consequences, each author would write one chapter, leaving G.K. Chesterton to write a typically paradoxical prologue and Anthony Berkeley to tie up all the loose ends. In addition, each of the authors provided their own solution in a sealed envelope, all of which appeared at the end of the book, with Agatha Christie's ingenious conclusion acknowledged at the time to be 'enough to make the book worth buying on its own'. The authors of this novel are: G. K. Chesterton, Canon Victor Whitechurch, G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Agatha Christie, John Rhode, Milward Kennedy, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ronald Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane and Anthony Berkeley.


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    Title
    The Floating Admiral
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Agatha Christie, By (author) The Detection Club, Preface by Simon Brett, Introduction by Dorothy L. Sayers, Prologue by G. K. Chesterton, Epilogue by Anthony Berkeley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 111 mm
    Height: 178 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 172 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007414468
    ISBN 10: 0007414463
    Classifications

    DC22: 823.912
    BIC subject category V2: FF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: ENGM1020, ENGL3030
    BISAC V2.8: FIC050000, FIC022000
    Thema V1.0: FF
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    27 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    "The Detection Club is a private association of writers of detective fiction in Great Britain, existing chiefly for the purpose of eating dinners together at suitable intervals and of talking illimitable shop ... Its membership is confined to those who have written genuine detective stories (not adventure tales or 'thrillers') and election is secured by a vote of the club on recommendation by two or more members, and involves the undertaking of an oath." Dorothy L. Sayers
    Review quote
    "The plotting is ingenious, the pace sustained, the solution satisfying." New York Times Book Review "Amazingly, the story steers along very well despite so many different hands at the tiller. Christie's solution is typically ingenious." Mark Campbell, The Pocket Essential Agatha Christie "These members of the Detection Club collaborate with skill in a piece of detection rather more tight-knit than one had a right to expect. There is enough to amuse and to stimulate detection; and the Introduction by Dorothy Sayers and supplements by critics and solvers give an insight into the writers' thoughts and modes of work." Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime