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By Leslie Charteris

For weeks the Saint have been looking males throughout Europe...and certainly one of them not less than he had sworn to kill. Face-to-face along with his quarry in London, Simon Templar takes his personal part in a nightmare video game of overseas conspiracy, rescues a stunning pawn, checkmates a fiendish plot...and saves his king.

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One in every of us has already died for it. however the paintings will cross on…” And abruptly the Saint stood up. And abruptly, in that speedy circulate, with the previous homosexual devil-may-care smile awakening back on his lips, Simon Templar appeared to sweep the room away from all doubts and shadows, leaving simply the daylight and the smile and the some distance cry of most unlikely fanfares. “Let’s move! ” “Where? ” demanded Roger helplessly, and the Saint laughed. “On the task, sweetheart,” he acknowledged, “on the activity! Here—shunt your self, and allow me get at that cell. ” Roger shunted dazedly, and watched the Saint dial a host. The Saint’s face used to be alight with a brand new laughter, and, as he waited, he started to hum a bit song. For the puzzling over and wavering was once over, the speculating and the scheming, the gap for actual state of no activity and sober counsel—those unfavorable issues at which the Saint’s flaming energy might continuously be troubled impatiently. And once more he used to be at the move—swift, smiling, cavalier, with amusing and a flourish for conflict and unexpected dying and all great things, taking part in the previous online game with the entire fabulous zest that merely he may possibly deliver to it. “Hullo. am i able to converse to Dr Marius, please? …Templar—Simon Templar…Thank you. ” Roger Conway stated, unexpectedly, sharply, “Saint—you’re loopy! You can’t do it! The game’s too big—” “Who desires to play for brick-dust and bird-seed? ” Simon required to understand. after which, earlier than Roger may ponder an enough retort to such a vanity, he had misplaced any viewers he may have had. For the Saint was once talking to the fellow he hated greater than a person else on this planet. “Is that you simply, Marius, my little lamb? ” Genially, virtually caressingly, the Saint spoke. “And how’s Heinrich? …Yes, i assumed you’d have heard i used to be again. I’d have rung you up sooner than, simply I’ve been so busy. As a scientific guy, I can’t name my time my very own. merely final evening I had a unprecedented case. Did Heinrich let you know? …Yes, I anticipated he may. i feel he used to be very struck with my tools. Quite—er—dazzled, in fact…No, not anything particularly. It simply happened to me to assuage my ears with the sound of your candy voice. It’s any such very long time due to the fact we had our final heart-to-heart talk…The invalid? …Oh, getting on in addition to could be anticipated. She needs to be healthy to return to the Embassy tomorrow…No, no longer this day. That dope you used on her turns out to have a gorgeous powerful follow-through, and that i by no means ship my sufferers domestic until they’ve bought a leap on them that’s a loose commercial for the cure…Well, you could keep in mind me to Rudolf. i could drop in on the Ritz and feature a cocktail with him ahead of lunch. Bye-bye, Angel Face…” He hung up the receiver. “Beautiful,” he murmured ecstatically. “Too, too appealing! in terms of low crafty, i suppose that little cameo makes whatever Machiavelli ever did appear like a lame hippopotamus with in-growing toenails attempting to impersonate Douglas Fairbanks. Angel Face was once great—he saved his turn out all over the round—but I heard him take the bait. noticeably. It really whistled via his epiglottis…D’you get the belief, my Roger?

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