To Margaret Guillaume
(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)
When a bored diplomat is approached in a black airport by a woman whose life is in danger, his interest is aroused. In a moment of weakness, he agrees to lend her his passport and boarding ticket.
Suddenly, Stafford Nye's own life is on the line. For he has unwittingly entered a web of international intrigue, from which the only escape is to outwit the Countess von Waldsausen - a power-crazed spider, hell-bent on world domination.
Lord Edward, Altamount, Karl Arguilerus, Cliford Bent, Admiral Philip Blunt, Lady Mathilda Checkheaton, Mildred Jean Cortman, Sam Cortman, Dr. Donaldson, Professor Eckstein, Monsieur le President Grosjean, Henry Horsham, Sir James Kleek, Cedric Lazenby, Amy Leatheran, Lisa Neumann, Sir Stafford Nye, Colonel Ephraim Pikeaway, Eric Pugh, Dr. Reichardt, Mr. Robinson, Robert Shoreham, Herr Heinrich Spiess, Signor Vitelli, the Grafin Charlotte von Waldsausen, Countess Renata Zerkowski