Caravan to Vaccares

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 at the back of the Iron Curtain, gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine in their shopper saint within the Provence area of southern France. yet whatever is assorted 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 genuine identification of Strome heart on a hugely filthy rich aristocrat, distinctive 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 repeatedly as a way to discover the key the gypsies are so made up our minds to conceal, and ahead of lengthy are working for his or her lives.

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You're an agent of your executive? ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘What we name your mystery carrier? ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘You are recognized to our govt? ’ ‘I am on your Deuxième Bureau. Their boss is my boss. ’ ‘Boss? ’ ‘Chief. Chef. ’ Pierre sighed. ‘It needs to be precise. and also you desire to cease this boat arising? ’ Bowman nodded. ‘Then please flow over. this can be a activity for a professional. ’ Bowman nodded back, took the gun from his pocket, moved to the starboard part of the wheel-house and wound down the window. The powerboat used to be lower than ten toes astern, no more than twenty toes away on a parallel path and bobbing up quick.

It's, it truly is precise, a harsh land and a bleak land, yet person who is neither adverse nor useless, a land that's possessed of not one of the uniformly dreadful lifelessness of a tropical desolate tract or a Siberian tundra. there's water right here, and no land is lifeless the place water is: there are huge lakes and small lakes and lakes which are no lakes in any respect yet marshes occasionally not more than fetlock deep to a horse, others deep adequate to drown a home. There are colors right here, the ever-changing blues and greys of the wind-rippled waters, the light yellows of the beds of marshes that line the étangs, the near-blackness of smooth-crowned cypresses, the darkish eco-friendly of windbreak pines, the startlingly brilliant eco-friendly of occasional lush grazing pastures, strikingly bright opposed to the brown and vicious aridity of the harsh sparse plants and salt-flats hard-baked lower than the solar that occupy quite a bit the bigger a part of the land sector.

Perhaps i used to be complicated myself. someplace a flaw within the reasoning. My reasoning. yet the place? ’ ‘I’m sorry. I don’t comprehend. ’ ‘I don’t imagine I’m exaggerating my very own importance,’ Bowman stated slowly. ‘Not, not less than, so far as they're involved. I’m confident they’re stressed, lower than very heavy strain, to kill me as quick as humanly attainable. whilst you’re working on a task of significant urgency you don’t cease off and spend a calm summer’s afternoon staring at a bullfight. You press on and with all pace.

What? nonetheless beautiful drawers left unsmashed? ’ ‘Leave these for the vandals. ’ He took her arm in order that she wouldn’t journey too frequently in an effort to the door and she or he peered questioningly at him. ‘Meaning you could holiday codes? ’ Bowman seemed round him. ‘Furniture, sure. Crockery, certain. Codes, no. Come, to our inn. ’ They left. prior to ultimate the door Bowman had a final examine the 2 nonetheless subconscious and injured males mendacity amidst the irretrievably ruined shambles of what had as soon as been a superbly appointed caravan inside.

The wrist belonging to that hand used to be manacled to a ring-bolt allow into front wall of the caravan. Bowman enable his wrist fall and tested the guy within the center bunk: he was once equally secured. Bowman didn’t hassle to examine the wrist of the fellow on most sensible. He stepped again and checked out them thoughtfully. He acknowledged: ‘Count le Hobenaut, husband of Marie le Hobenaut, Mr Tangevec, husband of Sara Tangevec and the 3rd identify i don't recognize. who're you, sir? ’ This to the guy within the backside bunk, a middle-aged, greying and intensely exceptional taking a look individual.

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