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By Jack Higgins

Freelance flyer Jack Nelson makes a residing peddling his skills to the top bidder...and now he has an opportunity to drag off the heist of an entire life. There are thousands in sunken treasure for the taking in a go-for-broke caper tailored for Nelson—and all he has to do to gather the loot is pass though it.

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I gave it half-a-mile, simply to be at the secure aspect, then pulled into the aspect of the line on a small bluff that missed the ocean. i discovered the coat, gave it to her then obtained out of the jeep and walked to the sting of the cliffs. As I lit a cigarette the door slammed at the back of me. whilst I became, the lady was once observing me. She’d buttoned the reefer to the neck and grew to become up the sleeves, however it was once nonetheless 5 sizes too huge. The distinction among how she now appeared and her former was once incongruous sufficient to be virtually humorous. She got here ahead, fingers in wallet and that i provided her a cigarette which she refused. ‘Are you o.k.? ’ I stated. Her solution used to be to break down opposed to me with a protracted, shuddering sigh. I obtained an arm round her quick and hung on tight. After some time, she pulled away. ‘Thank you. I’m o.k. now. ’ Her English was once very good, yet with a said French accessory. I stated, ‘I’d decide upon my corporation a bit extra conscientiously over again if I have been you. ’ She overlooked that one and grew to become to seem out to sea back. ‘It is absolutely very appealing, this global of ours, don’t you settle? ’ Which, contemplating what had long gone ahead of, used to be calculated to take the wind out of anyone’s sails. yet she used to be correct, in fact. It used to be an evening to thank God for. ‘I know,’ I acknowledged. ‘Where each prospect pleases and in simple terms guy is vile. ’ She appeared up at me, frowning a bit of. ‘You’re an odd guy. you may be so light, but again there …’ ‘I be aware of, angel,’ I stated. ‘Red in enamel and claw. I served my apprenticeship in a coarse institution. in fact, i may have glided by at the different aspect. might you will have most well liked that? ’ ‘Please forgive me. I’m being very silly. ’ She held out her hand. ‘My identify is Claire Bouvier and I’m quite very thankful. ’ I hung on to that hand for a second longer than used to be strictly precious, now not for romantic purposes, yet out of easy interest at getting to know how work-roughened the palm was once. She simply didn’t glance the sort. ‘Jack Nelson,’ I stated. ‘Was I in time again there? ’ She took one other of these deep breaths. ‘Yes, Mr Nelson. You have been in time. ’ ‘That’s alright then. the place are you staying? ’ ‘A resort in Ibiza at the Avenida Andenes on the subject of the pier the place the boat leaves for Formentera. ’ ‘All right,’ I acknowledged. ‘I’ve bought a pal who has a villa a couple of mile from right here. I’ll take you there first, get you a few outfits, then I’ll take you for your resort. Or to the police - it’s as much as you. ’ ‘No - no police. ’ The response used to be sharp and sure. I acknowledged, ‘Why no longer? They’d most likely run them down with out an excessive amount of hassle, the country I left them in. ’ ‘No, they’ve been punished adequate. ’ She was once nearly indignant. ‘And it wasn’t that sort of attack. It wasn’t the way it regarded. Don’t you realize? ’ Curiouser and curiouser, and that i imagine she used to be on the brink of telling me extra, yet I had adequate issues of my very own to hold with no taking up a person else’s. ‘Your affair,’ I stated. ‘Anyway, let’s get going. ’ I moved to the jeep, opened the door. whilst I grew to become she used to be nonetheless status there on the cliff area. ‘For God’s sake,’ I acknowledged.

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