By Leslie Charteris
The Saint's vacation in Tenerife involves a dramatic finish whilst he rescues an aged Dutch diamond cutter and his daughter from a vicious assault. it sort of feels the previous 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 whilst 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 advanced, Simon struggles to play a profitable hand.
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Graner’s hand got here out of his pocket. Simon gazed on the gun with blue eyes packed with mockery. He flicked his lighter and held the flame placidly below the top of his cigarette. “I inspiration we’d prepared all that,” he murmured. “But as a way to move over it back i assume I can’t cease you. ” He sauntered over to the mattress, the place he lay down and settled himself very easily. “If I repair myself like this I shan’t damage myself while I fall down,” he defined. “Oh, and there’s only one more thing. prior to you permit off that little popgun and fetch the entire inn in, you need to inform me the identify of your tailor. I couldn’t undergo to die with no realizing that. ” Graner stared down at him with out expression. “You’re being ridiculous. ” “I used to be born that way,” acknowledged the Saint regretfully. “If you ought to move on like this,” Graner acknowledged curtly, “we had greater contemplate our association at an finish. ” The Saint closed his eyes. “Okay, Reuben. yet depart the damsel the following if you exit. i may use her. ” Graner placed the gun again in his pocket. The yellow cane twirled among his arms for a number of seconds’ deathly silence. His eyes glistened like wet marbles in the back of the lenses of his spectacles. “I am now not acquainted with answering impertinent questions,” he acknowledged grittily, “but in this party i'm going to make an exception to save lots of pointless difficulty. I instructed you final evening that your predecessor were silly. i would have defined that the others were unsuccessful in bringing him again. He nonetheless has a few estate of ours, and we're nonetheless searching for him. This lady is his daughter, and she or he might help us to discover him. that's the entire rationalization. ” “Yeah? ” drawled the Saint. “And how a lot is that this price tag worthy? ” a brand new silence covered the room, so whole that together with his arms clasped in the back of his head the Saint might pay attention the ticking of his watch, whilst he might listen the woman respiring and the faint rustle of Graner’s arms sliding over his cane. Simon lay nonetheless and permit the silence unfold itself round and feature its enjoyable. He could have been asleep. “What price ticket? ” Graner’s voice jarred gratingly into the quiet, and Simon opened one eye at him. “I don’t be aware of. yet you pointed out it simply now. ” “That is sort of a distinct subject. It quite has not anything to do with what i used to be telling you. ” “It appeared to be lovely vital while Lauber used to be conversing approximately it final evening! ” The silence fell again back, virtually large in its intenseness, as if the room have been choked with a few deadening fabric wherein a number of moderate and insignificant sounds penetrated from a superb distance. after which, as though to offer the deceive the semblance, it used to be horribly shattered—not through any noise from contained in the room, yet through the ear-piercing shriek of the locomotive which runs via Santa Cruz among the quarries and the mole, dragging rocks to a breakwater that by no means will get any closer to of entirety. “In a manner that's actual. ” Graner’s not on time reaction reduce right into a temporary hiatus within the din. “When he ran away, Joris additionally took with him a lottery price tag which we had all subscribed to buy—” “That’s a lie!