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Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? (Published with two different under titles: The Mystery Behind the Agatha Christie Mystery or The Murderer Who Eluded Hercule Poirot and Deceived Agatha Christie) (Original French title Qui a tué Roger Ackroyd?) is a 1998 essay by Pierre Bayard first published in French by Éditions de Minuit. The author is a professor of Literature at Paris 8 University Vincennes-Saint-Denis and a psychoanalyst. In the book, Bayard argues that Dr Sheppard isn’t the murderer in the novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and presents his own solution to the case. Bayard has also written other works in the same "detective critique" genre on Hamlet and The Hounds of the Baskervilles where he "reopens" and re-examines the cases. In 2019 he published the latest in this format La vérité sur Ils étaient dix (The Truth of And Then There were None) which has not yet been translated into English.

The ideas in Who Killed Roger Ackroyd also spawned a French documentary film Agatha Christie contre Hercule Poirot: qui a tué Roger Ackroyd?.

Publisher's Summary[]

"Agatha Christie’s classic novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd has sparked great debate in the years since its publication in 1926, inspiring cultural critics from Roland Barthes to Umberto Eco to explore its unique construction: a murder mystery in which the murderer appears to be the narrator. Now, in a thrilling twist on the conventional solution, Pierre Bayard’s Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? reopens the Ackroyd file with unexpected results: Is the killer still at large? Bayard’s in-depth investigation of this well-loved classic will change forever the way mysteries are read."[1]


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