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By Leslie Charteris

The Saint's vacation in Tenerife involves a dramatic finish while he rescues an aged Dutch diamond cutter and his daughter from a vicious assault. it sort of feels the outdated guy is a reluctant member of a jewel-smuggling gang, and of course Simon deals to aid him out for only a small percentage of the boodle. yet issues get advanced while the Saint learns the previous guy had a lottery price ticket worthy $2 million - which has now long gone lacking. because the plot will get extra complicated, Simon struggles to play a profitable hand.

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In case you settle for my proposition, you'll have a unfastened hand to take no matter what motion you're thinking that top. ” The Saint smoked for a short time in considerate silence. He desired to go away not anything missed. “How did Aliston pay money for Christine? ” he requested. “He instructed her—I am simply quoting his personal story—that Joris and the opposite guy and your self had all been captured. He acknowledged that we knew the place she used to be, which was once proved through his stopover at, and that we have been on our strategy to take her. He additionally stated that he had quarrelled with us, and that we have been trying to find him whilst. He was once in a position to persuade her that she had nobody left to aid her, and that he himself was once in terror of our vengeance, and that their merely wish used to be for them to hitch forces—I could point out that Aliston was once at the degree sooner than he made a slip which introduced him to me. it's possible you'll now not imagine it, yet he's an excellent actor while he exerts himself. ” “But whilst he desired to take her to the house—” “He stated that he used to be taking her elsewhere. He drove her out onto the line to San Andres, that is very lonely, and there he used to be capable of overpower her with no a lot trouble. ” Simon may perhaps think that Aliston had exerted himself in his performing. He used to be susceptible to revise his personal past idea approximately that abduction. It now appeared much more likely that once Aliston had positioned Keena’s house he had long past again to inform Palermo, and that it used to be then that he had obvious Graner’s vehicle and realised that every little thing had blown up. rather most likely his supply to Christine had had the persuasive good thing about noticeable sincerity; it used to be purely while Aliston had realised that he had nowhere else to move, and that he used to be no longer outfitted to struggle a single-handed feud of that sort, that he had panicked and performed what he had done…Not element like that mattered a great deal. “And Joris? ” acknowledged the Saint. “I left the others to debate tips on how to pay money for him back. we will be able to attend to that ourselves after we have settled with them. i believe you're within the top place to rearrange that. ” “And the opposite guy? ” “I recognize not anything extra approximately him. yet without doubt he'll be stepping into contact with you as you prepared. ” Simon stuffed his lungs with a feeling of deep and dizzy contentment. So the tangle had all labored out, a number of the items within the jigsaw had all shaken down into their ultimate and ideal blend, all of the variations and mixtures were attempted, the entire factors made and the entire strikes accounted for. Now eventually the Saint felt that every one the threads have been in his palms, and it in basic terms remained to wind them up and tie the conclusive knot. Joris was once at the boat. Hoppy, by way of that point, used to be definitely again on the resort. It in basic terms left Christine—and the price tag… Graner used to be looking at him with an anxiousness over which his ordinary pose of inscrutable dominance was once donning very skinny. And the Saint smiled at him beatifically. “It sounds wonderful to me,” he stated. “Let’s move. ” “Do you recognize what you must do? ” Simon beckoned the waiter and counted cash to pay for his or her beverages. “I wager we cross as much as the house,” he acknowledged.

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