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The Secret Adversary

Agatha Christie

Date of publication: 1922

The book introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence who feature in several other Christie books and stories throughout her writing career.

Plot Summary

Set in London and some British towns in 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley, out of work and money, form the "The Young Adventurers, Ltd." partnership, and plan on hiring themselves out. Being overheard by Mr. Whittington, Tuppence is offered a comfortable position, only to be rejected after she gives her name as "Jane Finn", a name Tommy had overheard on the road. Mr. Whittington becomes suspicious of Tuppence, and the meeting ends with Tuppence receiving money with the understanding that she will refrain from using her (non-existing) knowledge. Convinced that they can get further money out of Mr. Whittington if they play their cards right, Tommy and Tuppence prepare to shadow him, only to discover that he has closed his office and disappeared without a trace. His behaviour indicated to them that there is another angle to the story. To find out, they place an advertisement, asking for information regarding Jane Finn.

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