By Harry Harrison, Leslie Charteris
The Saint is on vacation in Naples whilst a brawl interrupts his lunch; a tweedy English vacationer has casually addressed an Italian as Dino Cartelli—provoking the paunchy person so named to set his hulking henchman at the bewildered Briton. The Saint intervenes, and shortly the confrontation is all yet forgotten…until the next morning’s newspaper headlines show that the Englishman has been murdered. quickly the Robin Hood of contemporary crime is pitted opposed to the archevil, centuries-old traditions of the Mafia…
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Without doubt he used to be nonetheless skimming the cream of the expense-account crop within the Thames Valley. And strong success to him—but Simon needed simply gastritis at the beneficiaries. He lunched regally on zuppa di pesce and calamaretti, laved with a bottle of Antinori Classico, at the terrace of los angeles Minervetta overlooking the blinding blue sea, and later swam off the rocks less than within the comparable translucent point, and at last drove again to Naples refreshed and recharged yet no wiser than he were whilst he left. because of the advice of a well-meaning pal, the Saint had made his reservation at a extra modest inn than the Excelsior, a quick distance farther alongside the ocean entrance at the through Partenope. It had grew to become out to be significantly much less sumptuous than the category of hostelry which Simon Templar frequently selected at that interval of his existence, however it were overdue at evening whilst he arrived, and his room appeared fresh and comfy sufficient, and it had no longer appeared well worth the hassle to search around for different lodging for the 2 or 3 days which have been all he had deliberate to stick. Its in basic terms important drawback as opposed to the extra populous and busily serviced festival was once one that had no longer happened to him on the time and may by no means were introduced domestic to him if he had now not unexpectedly befriended the past due Mr. Euston. He helped himself to his key from in the back of the all-purpose table which used to be tended at quite a few hours through the manageress, the porter, the ground waiter, or any chambermaid who was once no longer in a different way occupied, and in among their shifts by means of a bell with a mechanical button that can be thumped for eventual realization, and took the self-service elevator to his flooring. He had simply stepped out whilst a guy got here working down the hall in a frantic dash to seize a experience prior to the conveyance went down back, and the Saint became and stared at him with quick interest. Readers of this chronicle who ask yourself why a guy working for a boost will be such an arresting spectacle are just betraying their very own constrained horizons. in the event that they had taken benefit of the eight-country, twenty-two urban, fifteen-day expedition premiums provided through the philanthropic airways, they'd comprehend that at the Mediterranean littoral, in summer season, no one, yet no one, runs for an elevator or anything. Wherefore the Saint took additional observe of the pointed face, the rodent the teeth, the pencil-line mustache, the awning-striped swimsuit, and a wealth of alternative minutiae now not worthy recording, ahead of the febrile eccentric squeezed into the lazy-box and disappeared from view. It had all taken maybe 3 seconds, and it used to be over sooner than a potential importance to the incident may penetrate via his first superficial astonishment. And by the point Simon reached his room, extra hypothesis grew to become pointless. The door used to be now not really close, and he in simple terms used his key to push it open. to assert that the room were searched will be similar to describing a storm as a stiff breeze, and in reality a storm can have passed through it with out doing even more harm.