By Alistair MacLean
Reissue of the vintage story of suspense set in Provence, the place an English vacationer investigates a chain of mysterious deaths, from the acclaimed grasp of motion and suspense.
From everywhere Europe, even from in the back of the Iron Curtain, gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine in their client saint within the Provence quarter of southern France. yet anything is diversified 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 id of Strome middle on a hugely filthy rich aristocrat, individual folklorist and gastronome, Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, whose female friend Lila Delafont is a chum of Cecile.
As they persist with the caravan, Bowman and Cecile locate that their lives at risk time and again in order to discover the key the gypsies are so decided to conceal, and prior to lengthy are working for his or her lives.
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We stopped for our night meal now not faraway from the caves. ’ The policeman requested Ferenc: ‘You searched in there? ’ Ferenc crossed himself and remained silent. Czerda acknowledged: ‘That’s no doubt to invite and also you understand it. No gypsy may ever input these caves. they've got an evil recognition. Alexandre – that’s the identify of the lacking boy – may by no means have long gone there. ’ The policeman positioned his booklet away. ‘I wouldn’t cross in there myself. now not at present of evening. the local community think it’s cursed and haunted and – good – i used to be born right here. the next day, whilst it’s sunlight – ’ ‘He’ll have became up lengthy sooner than them,’ Czerda acknowledged optimistically. ‘Just loads of fuss approximately not anything. ’ ‘Then that girl who simply left – she is his mom – ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘Then why is she so disenchanted? ’ ‘He’s just a boy and also you understand what moms are. ’ Czerda half-shrugged in resignation. ‘I believe I’d larger pass and inform her. ’ He left. So did the policeman. so did Ferenc. Bowman didn’t hesitate. He may well see the place Czerda used to be going, he may well bet the place the policeman used to be heading for – the closest estaminet – so used to be momentarily drawn to the hobbies of neither. yet in Ferenc he used to be , for there has been whatever within the alacrity and purposeful-ness with which he walked quick during the archway into the parking zone that bespoke a few fastened rationale. Bowman extra leisurely and stopped within the archway. at the right-hand facet of the lot was once a row of 4 fortune-tellers’ compartments, acquired up within the ordinary garishly-coloured canvas. the 1st within the row used to be occupied, a observe acknowledged, through a definite Madame Marie-Antoinette who provided a a reimbursement if now not happy warrantly. Bowman went within instantly, no longer due to any specific predilection for royalty or parsimony or either, yet simply because simply as Ferenc used to be coming into the main far away sales space he paused and regarded around without delay at Bowman and Ferenc’s face was once stamped with the unmistakably disagreeable features of 1 whose suspicions will be immediately aroused. Bowman handed within. Marie-Antoinette used to be a white-haired outdated crone with eyes of polished mahogany and a gin-trap for a mouth. She gazed right into a cloudy crystal ball that was once cloudy mostly since it hadn’t been wiped clean for months, spoke to Bowman encouragingly concerning the sturdiness, health and wellbeing, reputation and happiness which can no longer fail to be his, took 4 francs from him and seemed to pass right into a coma, an indication Bowman took to point that the interview was once over. He left. Cecile used to be status simply open air, swinging her purse in what might have been considered as an unnecessarily provocative type and looking out at him with a level of speculative enjoyment probably uncalled for within the conditions. ‘Still learning human nature? ’ she requested sweetly. ‘I shouldn't ever have long gone in there. ’ Bowman took off his glasses and peered myopically round. the nature working the capturing gallery around the parking zone, a quick thick-set lad with the face of a boxer who had had a hugely unspectacular profession delivered to an abrupt finish, used to be relating to him with a level of curiosity that verged at the rude.