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About 3/4 of the way through Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' (pub c.1940), is this paragraph, describing a book, or maybe a story in some other kind of format:

She broke off, went on: "I read a story once - about two judges that came to a  small American town from the Supreme Court. They administered justice - Absolute  Justice. Because - they didn't come from this world at all."

I'm curious at random, whether this passage described an actual book or short story, or perhaps whether a book or short story was written subsequently on that theme.

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  • Or maybe it referred to some real-life event? (A useful possibility for people to bear in mind while researching this question.)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Feb 15 '18 at 1:05
  • To me the qoute sounds almost religious. The Supreme Court could be that of a god, this would explain why 'they didn't come from this world at all'.
    – Mirte
    Feb 16 '18 at 13:57
  • @Mirte - that's pretty much what I read it as, and took for granted. My question is, was Christie making an offhand reference to some other story - maybe an early sci-fi or who knows what, story - in the quote? It feels too much like "this is something out of her usual style", more like something she might have read and stored away,and alluded to offhand in her writing, to convey with more "colour" her character's state of mind as the unseen killer murders all the guests one by one.
    – Stilez
    Feb 16 '18 at 18:07

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