By Harry Harrison, Leslie Charteris
The Saint is on vacation in Naples while 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 subsequent morning’s newspaper headlines display 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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The key howled in pissed off rage. “The tires—shoot off the tires! ” yet even there the bullets had no impact: the tires should have been good rubber. now not designed to offer a featherbed experience, possibly, yet an outstanding coverage opposed to inopportune deflation. the automobile aimed toward complete velocity for the gap among the wall and the interlocked truck and trail-blasting sedan, and hurtled via with just a scraping of fenders. A typhoon of bullets dimpled its excessive sq. stern yet didn't penetrate. It rocketed away down the line. “Tenente Fusco, take my scout motor vehicle and get after that factor! ” yelled the most important, leaping up and down with wrath. “Stop it with grenades when you can, yet not less than stick with it and be in contact with me by means of radio. You others—how for much longer needs to I look forward to you to wash out that rats’ nest? ” males with educated reflexes leapt obediently to their assignments. A mortar, already ranged in, exploded a shell opposed to front of the construction, and a yawning gap seemed the place one of many shuttered home windows have been. The scout automobile was once already bouncing directly to the line whilst Simon grabbed carry of Ponti, who appeared momentarily petrified with indecision as to which unit he may be becoming a member of. “Come with me! ” snapped the Saint. “The squaddies will look after the house—but I wager no one is left there who may curiosity you a lot. ” He hustled the dazed detective right into a run as he talked. “The monstrous pictures are within the vehicle that received away—and the Bugatti has extra likelihood of catching it than a Fiat. ” The Bugatti growled with pride as he aroused it to existence back, and once Ponti was once beside him he slammed it ahead in a bank-robber’s take-off, utilizing the violent acceleration to swing the doorways close. He went directly to justify his boast of its pace through thundering previous Lieutenant Fusco’s command automobile whereas nonetheless in 3rd equipment, turning to wave ironically as he glided by. The escaping limousine, for all its armored weight and overworked springing, was once more durable to trap, thereby vindicating not less than part of the Saint’s analysis, yet after numerous mins he stuck it in his headlights as he came to visit a nook. As he began to overhaul it he observed whatever else, and switched his foot without notice to the brake as little tongues of flame spat in the direction of him and have been by means of the whip-crack experiences of cordite. “Very neat,” Simon stated. “Real gang-war stuff. there's a firing port slightly below the rear window, I observed the gun muzzle whilst it poked out. fortunately the line is simply too bumpy for them to have a lot likelihood of scoring at this variety, yet they can do larger if we got here a lot nearer. Now we will simply need to maintain them in sight from a secure distance when you examine a few plan to prevent them. ” 2 Ponti muttered curses less than his breath, yet no longer a ways sufficient less than to deprive Simon of a few of the extra picturesque imprecations. He appeared again for the scout motor vehicle, yet they'd already left it a long way in the back of and have been possibly expanding their lead. “We desire grenades, not less than. On this kind of hairpin bends, we would lob one sooner than them.