The Big Four Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is a novel featuring Agatha Christie's master sleuth Hercule Poirot.
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Poirot takes on a mysterious group of 4 supervillians bent on world domination. The group includes the following : a Chinese political mastermind, an American tycoon, a French nuclear scientist and a British assassin and master of disguise. They are quite a formidable bunch.

Additionally, Poirot has to contend with Countess Vera Rossakov. She is in the employ of the big four. But, it is intimated that she and Poirot are more than just friends.This is one of the rare instances in the Poirot books where a love interest is mentioned or intimated.

Another interesting plot element involves an identical twin of Poirot's named Achille Poirot.

The review of this Book prepared by Yosef Shapiro

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   stopping a saboteur/spy Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   40's-50's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


Europe    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment

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