A mysterious house on a deserted island, far from the rest of the world. Ten people who have never met before, united only by the fact that they all have a disturbing past and brought together by an inexplicable series of invitations. A mysterious guest who never shows up. And an absurd children's nursery rhyme that returns obsessively, implacably punctuating a succession of murders. Ten Little Indians (1939) is Agatha Christie's masterpiece and one of the peaks of the suspense novel. "The book, born of a long elaboration phase, filled me with satisfaction. It was clear, straightforward and at the same time disconcerting,' Christie recounted in her autobiography, recalling the laborious genesis of her most widely read and best-loved novel, with multiple adaptations for theatre, film and television.