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By Stanley Ellin

A younger drug runner will get revenge on a criminal offense syndicate during this novel of deception and overseas double crosses from an Edgar Award–winning author.

by the point David Hanna Shaw is shuttled off to an Ivy League university by way of his preoccupied mom, the intense younger linguist is already fluent in a part dozen languages. He’s additionally a short learn in overseas swindling, deceit, drug smuggling, and forex profiteering. That’s what comes from having been dragged throughout each ecu capital via a mendacious diplomat father. Then, at some point, innately unsettled and concerned, David unexpectedly disappears from campus.

ultimately on his personal and residing just for himself, David heads again to Europe, the place he turns into a qualified drifter, taking over strange jobs as every little thing from a brothel handyman in Paris to an occasional courier for a cadre of smugglers in Amsterdam. Swayed by means of the money, and a gorgeous new lover, David has chanced on his niche—only to be betrayed through his syndicate bosses and left for lifeless. Now, David’s purely techniques are of revenge.

yet for a sensible guy like David, homicide is just too universal. The payback he has deliberate is an tricky online game of deception, a number of identities, and mental torture as creative because it is dishonest. And it's going to be. finally, David has been taught by way of a master.

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Well, we do seem to complement each other, don’t we? But now I must call Paris again and explain how things turned out. Incredible. What did you do to him? ” “I converted him. ” Services that evening varied little from the services in Paris, except that now, as my partner doled out hymnals, I gave a dramatic reading from Revelations, and afterward, while she led the hymn-singing, I was the one who collected the hymnals and carefully stored them away. Very carefully. The street value of the cargo some of them now carried made them worth at least as much as a Gutenberg Bible.

In the garage behind the house was a Bentley saloon and a fire-engine-red, gleaming new Volkswagen — the classic Bug — dwarfed to insignificance by the Bentley but still far more beautiful than it in my eyes. The VW, I observed, had Dutch license plates. Kees patted it affectionately. “There are a half dozen newspapers tucked away in here. ” I went over the car from one end to the other, inside and out. The VW, of all cars, is not one to hide anything bulky, and it didn’t take long to decide that anything hidden here had to be in an unreachable area beneath the chassis.

They’re very kind here. ” It was a long three days. It was further extended by the time I had to sit in the clinic’s waiting room while Anneke was off with her doctor. Finally she reappeared and gave me a brief nod. There was no mistaking its message. “Good,” I said. ” “I was talking to the counselor. Now she wants to talk to you. ” “About what? Look, I’m in no mood for medical lectures. ” “That can wait. ” “No. I’m healthy as a cow. Now please. It’s down the hall to the last room. ” Cavalcanti.

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