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 it kind of feels the outdated guy is a reluctant member of a jewel-smuggling gang, and of course Simon deals to assist him out for only a small proportion of the boodle. yet issues get complex whilst 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 successful hand.
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Their faces weren't smiling. there has been whatever approximately their silent and menacing immobility which reminded him of the 1st time he had obvious them, and the impact used to be heightened by way of the truth that they have been grouped round the desk within the similar manner as ahead of. They sat dealing with the door, with their faces grew to become in the direction of him, looking at him like wild beasts crouched for a spring. one in every of Palermo’s evil-smelling cigars polluted the ambience, and his one open eye was once mounted at the Saint in a gradual stare of venomous hatred. The scenic results on his face have been augmented by means of a blackened bruise that unfold over his chin past the sides of a section of sticking plaster and 2 painfully swollen lips for which the Saint was once probably not responsible. Aliston drooped contrary him, in his flabby approach, with the pallor of tension making his aristocratic countenance appear like a milky masks. among them sat Lauber, along with his heavy brows drawn down in a vicious scowl. He used to be the single person who moved because the Saint got here in. He placed a hand contained in the breast of his coat and taken out a gun to point it around the desk. “Put ’em high,” he stated harshly. Simon placed them excessive. Aliston received up and undulated around the desk to get in the back of him. His palms slid over the Saint’s wallet. The Saint grinned at Graner with conspiratorial glee. “Is this how you regularly obtain your visitors, Reuben? ” he drawled. Graner’s eyes gave again no answering gleam of sympathy. “I am now not receiving a visitor, Mr Tombs,” he acknowledged, and there has been simply whatever in regards to the manner he stated it that made the Saint’s middle cease beating. Graner could have been going to claim whatever extra, yet no matter what could have been at the tip of his tongue was once bring to a halt through Aliston’s unexpected exclamation. The Saint appeared around, and his center started out back. It begun so violently that his pulses raced. Aliston was once backing clear of him, and he held an envelope in his hand. Simon regarded it on the first look. It was once the belated letter which were passed to him on the inn, which he had filled carelessly into his pocket and entirely forgotten below the strain of the opposite issues that have been on his brain. Aliston used to be gaping at it with dilated eyes, and his face had long past even whiter. With an abrupt jerky move he flung it at the desk in entrance of the others. “Tombs! ” he stated hoarsely. “His identify isn’t Tombs! examine that. His name’s Simon Templar. you recognize what that implies, don’t you? He’s the Saint! ” three Simon may believe the ripple of electrical energy that quivered during the room, and used to be philosophical adequate to recognize that there have been merits in addition to risks in owning a name like his. Palermo and Lauber clinging to their chairs as though the revelation had introduced them a much better feeling of apprehension than of triumph. Aliston used to be frankly trembling. Graner progressed and peered heavily into the Saint’s face. “You! ” he barked. Even he was once shaken by means of the surprise which had hammered the others again to silence. The Saint nodded imperturbably.