Hard Cover. London: Collins, 1944. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's orange cloth, with titles lettered in black to spine; in the original white dust jacket with artwork by J. Z. Atkinson, lettered in black. Very good with light fading to spine, minor soiling to rear panel, touch of wear to spine ends, and a previous owner's signature to front free endpaper; very good or better unclipped dust jacket with very light toning to spine, minor spotting to panel edges, and two very small closed tears to foot of spine. Overall, a lovely copy in its scarce dust jacket. In Towards Zero, tennis star Nevile Strange visits Lady Tressilian, the elderly widow of his former guardian, at her seaside residence. Anxious for his new young wife and ex-wife to be friends, Neville invites them both to Lady Tressilian's, resulting in a tense and uncomfortable atmosphere. When the elderly woman is murdered, Superintendent Battle is tasked with uncovering the killer. Towards Zero is recognized as one of Christie's best novels and is the last of five to feature Superintendent Battle. Maurice Richardson writes in The Observer: "How gratifying to see Agatha Christie keeping the flag of the old classic who-dun-it so triumphantly flying!"