By Leslie Charteris
The Saint's vacation in Tenerife involves a dramatic finish while he rescues an aged Dutch diamond cutter and his daughter from a vicious assault. it sort of feels the previous guy is a reluctant member of a jewel-smuggling gang, and of course Simon deals to assist him out for only a small proportion of the boodle. yet issues get advanced while the Saint learns the outdated guy had a lottery price tag worthy $2 million - which has now long past lacking. because the plot will get extra advanced, Simon struggles to play a profitable hand.
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This can be your final chance,” acknowledged Palermo. The Saint unfold his legs wider round the seat of the chair and drew his ft again a bit, as if he have been driving a horse. He bent his elbows and strained his shoulders again in order that the circle of his hands loosened up to attainable round the again of the chair. “You can visit hell,” stated the Saint, and stood up. the warmth on his cheek grew to become hot as he rose, touched an immediate of burning pain as he got here upright. His wrists stuck at the again of the chair, yet he shook them unfastened. And with a lightning flip of his physique he swung his correct leg around like a flail in the back of Palermo’s knees. He flung his left leg ahead even as, in entrance of Palermo’s ft, and as he crashed to the ground his correct leg came across its mark. Palermo set free an oath as he stumbled ahead. His correct hand used to be already diving into his pocket for his gun, yet he needed to grab it out back to save lots of his face as he toppled ahead. He went down with a thud, and prefer a flash the Saint rolled over, maintaining his legs within the similar relative place. Palermo gasped. He lay flat on his belly, along with his left leg held in a torturing grip which just about paralysed him. The Saint’s correct ankle used to be wedged firmly in at the back of Palermo’s knee, and the heel of the Saint’s left foot pressed remorselessly down on Palermo’s instep, doubling the decrease a part of his leg backwards over his thigh. the woman screamed. Palermo groped for his gun back, and the Saint wear a few extra strain. Palermo screamed too. For a second he had felt as if his knee joint was once being torn out of its socket, whereas the tendons of his leg looked as if it would glow red-hot with agony. “Lay off that,” stated the Saint grittily, “or I’ll holiday your leg in part! ” He grew to become his physique a bit to make one other try to get on the knife on his forearm, yet within the place during which he was once mendacity his weight used to be on most sensible of his hands. He couldn’t shift it off sufficiently to arrive his knife with out giving Palermo an opportunity to flee. in the meantime he had Palermo in a carry during which he may possibly most likely holiday his leg, which used to be all rather well, yet now not good adequate. The Saint’s mouth set grimly as he went on attempting to achieve his knife. Palermo pressed his eyes into his clenched fists and groaned. “Maria! ” he gasped. “So loca—do anything! ” “Maybe she isn’t so sentimental after all,” acknowledged the Saint, and gave Palermo’s leg one other squeeze for encouragement. He spoke a bit too quickly. Palermo’s moment yelp of torment appeared to holiday the spell which had held the lady gaping at them helplessly. She rushed ahead and collected the overturned chair on which the Saint were sitting. Simon observed it hurtling down in the direction of his head, and rolled desperately sideways. The stream could have damaged his carry besides, so the Saint broke it himself. He yanked his correct foot unfastened and aimed a savage kick in the back of Palermo’s neck as he squirmed frantically out of how of the falling chair. The chair crashed at the ground beside his ear, and such a lot of its strength have been misplaced whilst another a part of it stuck him a glancing blow at the aspect of the pinnacle.