By Leslie Charteris
With the worthy guidance of Hoppy Uniatz and assistance from a stunning actress, the Saint tracks down the King of the Beggars, instigator of an unpleasant racket designed to use the beggars of the town. after which he needs to flip to struggle a ruthless criminal who will cease at nothing—including murder—to make “The Masked Angel” a champion boxer.
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She lay on a canvas cot in a single nook of the cellar. Her wrists have been strapped to the part individuals. As he had anticipated, she was once wearing the dirty shapeless rags during which he had first met her, yet many of the beggar-woman makeup have been approximately wiped from her face. Her eyes have been closed, yet because the mild fell on them her eyelids lifted a bit as though with an unlimited attempt. “No,” she mouthed huskily. “No…” “Monica,” he stated. He checked the passion of his stride as he reached the cot, to come back as much as her lightly. “It’s me,” he stated. “Simon. Simon Templar. ” Her eyes searched for him as he touched her, and he may perhaps see the pin-point contraction of the students. He became the flashlight on his personal face, then again to her. She knew him—the sound of his voice and the glimpse of him. Even throughout the mists of the drug he observed the notice of him fight into her brain, and observed the tiny smile that lighted her complete face for an fast. She attempted to elevate her head, and her lips shaped his identify: “Simon…” the hassle used to be all she can make. Her head fell again and the lids closed over that shining glance. after which without notice there has been a blaze of lighting that smashed away all shadows and burnt up the beam of his pencil gentle like a deluge might positioned out a fit. “Okay,” acknowledged the saw-toothed voice of Frankie Weiss. “This is a tommy gun. Don’t attempt something, or I’ll blast all 3 of you. ” The Saint grew to become. the steps in the back of him had horizontal treads yet no good rises. hence a guy hid at the back of them had an exceptional vantage aspect. The unmistakable nozzle of a sub-machine-gun projected via one of many openings, and at the back of the Saint, Monica Varing lay at once within the line of fireside. “Drop your weapons and reach,” Frankie acknowledged. Simon obeyed. Hoppy acknowledged, “Boss—” “No,” acknowledged the Saint. “You haven’t an opportunity. Do what Frankie tells you. ” Hoppy’s Betsy clattered ignominiously at the ground. The gross bulk of massive Hazel eco-friendly got here out from at the back of the steps. She turned around round them, kicked their weapons out of achieve, and searched them with efficient hamlike arms. Then she stepped apart back, and Frankie Weiss moved out into the open. there has been a small dew of perspiration on his face, however the weapon he held used to be completely regular. “How great to determine you, Frankie,” Simon drawled. “You’re having a look good, too. That work-out we had jointly should have performed you strong. ” “You imagine you’re shrewdpermanent, don’t you? ” Frankie bit out of the aspect of his mouth. “Well, whilst i am getting via providing you with a work-out—” “The standard dialogue,” sighed the Saint. “I want i'll bear in mind what number instances I’ve heard that line. Frankie, you kill me. ” “Maybe you’re no longer kidding,” Frankie sneered. “Sit down at the mattress and preserve your palms the place i will see ’em. ” The Saint sat down, and Monica Varing stirred back uneasily. He felt very calm and quiet now. The inward exultation that probability may continuously ignite in him had steadied down and chilled. He had a chilly estimate of all their probabilities, an both chilly watchfulness for his personal first commencing, an boastful self assurance that once the time got here he may well do greater than the other individual may well do.