The Saint Bids Diamonds

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 bargains to aid him out for only a small percentage of the boodle. yet issues get complex while the Saint learns the previous guy had a lottery price ticket worthy $2 million - which has now long past lacking. because the plot will get extra complicated, Simon struggles to play a profitable hand.

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He was once nonetheless afraid that Julian could attempt to say whatever to him approximately it, and became his shoulder on him speedy earlier than that catastrophe may well ensue. “No,” he replied Graner blandly. “It wouldn’t shock me a great deal. however it might make me a bit extra yes that Lauber had performed it himself. ” “You don’t like Lauber? ” The Saint shrugged. “I count on you’ve already made up your personal brain who did it. I’m simply telling you what i believe. What used to be Lauber’s tale? ” “He instructed me that once Manoel arrived with the message you have been so insistent on going to the Calle San Francisco your self that he turned suspicious. while he attempted to avoid you going, you hit him and knocked him out, after which he thinks you shot Manoel while he attempted to forestall you. ” “It’s a superb story,” acknowledged the Saint unconcernedly, “even whether it is a god-damn lie. Lauber was once the bloke who insisted that he desired to wait there for Aliston. but when you think him, why don’t you name the police? ” “I’ll discuss that during a minute,” acknowledged Graner. He inspected his cigar for a number of seconds, then seemed up from it so as to add, “I have already noticeable Aliston. ” A ball of lead shaped within the Saint’s belly and made his diaphragm think as though it used to be being dragged down out of its rightful position. He needed to money himself for a second sooner than he spoke, to ensure that his voice used to be less than keep an eye on. “That’s anything, anyway,” he conceded coolly. “Was he having a look beautiful healthy? ” “He had Christine with him. ” Simon knew how Lauber should have felt whilst he acquired that shattering jolt within the sunlight plexus, having visible it coming and but basically having had time to understand that he couldn’t probably circulate speedy sufficient to ward it off. He had had reasonable caution, however the surprise was once none the fewer lethal for that. He knew that he was once listening to the truth—a fabrication that will have equipped so smartly into his personal deductions might were too wild a twist of fate. The surprise numbed each actual feel he commanded, yet by some means it left his mind aloof and unshaken via the chaos of his nerves. “Better and better,” he stated, and used to be surprised on the naturalness of his personal voice. “Where used to be this? ” “At the home. ” The 3rd surprise was once wasted—it had no reactions left to paintings on. “When? ” “Aliston used to be there whilst I acquired again with Palermo. ” “And who did he say I’d killed? ” “I will inform you precisely what he advised me. He informed me that he traced your taxi again to the Calle San Francisco. He came across Christine there—at the tackle the place Joris’s good friend went to when you allow him pass. ” “That’s impossible,” acknowledged the Saint, with unruffled insurance. “Unless she bought out of where the place I left her. along with, this was once sooner than Joris’s buddy went there, wasn’t it? good, if he’d long past there looking ahead to to discover Christine, and she’d disappeared, could he have frivolously long past off on a buying journey just like the one I him on? ” “That is what he did in response to your story,” Graner reminded him. “And in accordance with Aliston’s tale I’m a liar back. you recognize, I’m taking rather a shine to this outfit of yours, Reuben. It’s the sort of reduction to grasp you’re between buddies.

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