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In And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, William Blore is one of eight guests invited to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Blore is a detective by trade, and the letter inviting him to the island claimed to require his help observing the other guests. William Blore takes his job seriously. In fact, the very first time we meet him, he is taking notes, presumably about the other guests. When a man in his carriage falls asleep, Blore decides that he must have ''had one over the eight.'' In other words, he was drunk. In order to conceal his identity as a detective, Blore introduces himself as Mr. Davis from South Africa.
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After all of the guests have arrived on the island, they sit down and have a few drinks. While they're relaxing, a recorded voice issues accusations of murder from a gramophone. Among other things, the voice says, ''William Henry Blore, that you brought about the death of James Stephen Landor on October 10th, 1928.'' The guests learn that everyone on the island is guilty of murder.
Mr. Davis (Blore) is not mentioned. Blore comes clean and admits his true name. He also tells the guests that he was invited to the island to work as a detective. Since the guests now know that Davis's name is actually Blore, they also know his crime.
When Blore is questioned about this, he explains that he did the detective work in a case concerning Landor, who was accused of being involved in a bank robbery. Landor was sentenced to life in prison and died a year later. Judge Wargrave tells us that Landor was ''a delicate man.'' We also learn that Blore earned a promotion based on the work he did for the case. Much later in the book, Blore confesses that Landor was not guilty. Although Landor had a wife and child, Blore had him put away for life, which accounted for his presence on the island.
Toward the end of And Then There Were None, almost all of the guests, along with the butler and housekeeper, have been killed. The only people left are Blore, Vera Claythorne, and Philip Lombard. They decide to camp outside since they feel that the house is dangerous. Eventually, Blore gets hungry and heads back inside to get something to eat. While Claythorne and Lombard chat about whether Blore is the murderer, they hear a loud thud from the direction of the house. They rush back to the house and find Blore dead on the terrace, his head crushed by a large marble clock.
Let's review. In And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, William Blore is a detective who's invited to Indian Island to scope out the other guests. Previously, Blore provided false testimony in order to get a man named Landor sent to prison for life and earn a promotion. Judge Wargrave describes Landor as ''a delicate man.'' Regrettably, Landor died in prison a year after his sentence. Toward the end of the book, the dishonest Blore is one of three people left alive, which include Vera Claythorne and Philip Lombard. After a hungry Blore heads back to the house by himself in search of something to eat, he dies after being hit in the head by a large marble clock.
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