By Alistair MacLean
Reissue of the vintage story of suspense set in Provence, the place an English vacationer investigates a sequence of mysterious deaths, from the acclaimed grasp of motion and suspense.
From far and wide Europe, even from at the back of the Iron Curtain, gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine in their purchaser saint within the Provence quarter of southern France. yet anything is diverse approximately this year's collecting, with many suspicious deaths.
Cecile Dubois and Neil Bowman choose to examine. Eavesdropping, Bowman discovers guy named Gaiuse Strome is financing the gypsies, and his suspicions at the actual identification of Strome middle on a hugely prosperous aristocrat, wonderful folklorist and gastronome, Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, whose female friend Lila Delafont is a chum of Cecile.
As they keep on with the caravan, Bowman and Cecile locate that their lives at risk repeatedly so as to discover the key the gypsies are so made up our minds to conceal, and earlier than lengthy are operating for his or her lives.
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Czerda’s smart. ’ ‘He’s a raving maniac! ’ Le Grand Duc shouted. ‘Kill Bowman? Now? earlier than we’ve made him speak? sooner than i do know his contacts, how he broke our ring? let alone the 80 thousand francs we haven’t bought but. right now, fellow! cease Czerda! Get Bowman out of there sooner than it’s too overdue. ’ Masaine shook his head stubbornly. ‘My orders are to stick the following and safeguard these girls. ’ ‘I shall attend to you later,’ Le Grand Duc stated chillingly. ‘I can't, mustn't ever be visible in public with Czerda back. pass over Dubois, run immediately – ’ Cecile jumped to her toes. Her Arlésienne gown was once no longer the object of attractiveness that it were yet Lila had effected working maintenance enough to maintain the decencies. She made to maneuver ahead, yet Masaine barred her approach. ‘She remains here,’ he declared. ‘My orders – ’ ‘Great God in heaven! ’ Le Grand Duc thundered. ‘Are you defying me? ’ He complex ponderously upon a it seems that frightened Masaine. sooner than the gypsy may even start to discover what was once approximately to ensue Le Grand Duc smashed down his heel, with all his large weight at the back of it, on Masaine’s instep. Masaine howled in suffering, hobbled on one leg and stooped to take hold of his injured foot with either arms. As he did so Le Grand Duc introduced down his locked fingers at the base of Masaine’s neck, who collapsed seriously at the ground, subconscious earlier than he struck it. ‘Swiftly, pass over Dubois, quickly! ’ Le Grand Duc acknowledged urgently. ‘If no longer already long past, your pal may be in extremis. ’ And in extremis Bowman definitely used to be. He used to be nonetheless on his ft – however it used to be merely a great will-power and intuition, although quickly fading, for survival that stored him there. His face was once streaked with sand and blood, twisted in discomfort and drawn in exhaustion. at times he held his left ribs which looked to be the best resource of the ache he used to be affliction. His past pierrot finery was once now bedraggled and dirtied and torn, lengthy rips at the right-hand part of his tunic have been evidences of 2 tremendous slender escapes from the scything left horn of the bull. He had forgotten what number occasions now he’d been at the sanded flooring of the world yet he hadn’t forgotten the 3 events while his visits there have been completely involuntary: two times the shoulder of the bull had hurled him to the floor, as soon as the back-sweep of the left horn had stuck him excessive at the left arm and despatched him somersaulting. And now the bull was once coming at him back. Bowman side-stepped yet his reactions had slowed, and slowed badly. Providentially, the bull guessed wrongly and hooked clear of Bowman yet his left shoulder struck him a glancing blow, even though from anything weighing a few ton and traveling at thirty miles an hour the note ‘glancing’ is solely a relative time period. It despatched Bowman tumbling head over heels to the floor. The bull pursued him, viciously attempting to gore, yet Bowman had nonetheless adequate understanding and actual assets left to maintain rolling many times, desperately attempting to steer clear of these deadly horns. the group had unexpectedly turn into very quiet.