Charter To Danger

By Eric Ambler

Vincent Flavius, a millionaire industrialist, charters a cabin cruiser owned by way of Ross Barnes. Flavius is at the verge of engineering another sensational monetary coup. Embarkation is decided for Cannes, yet that's the place the difficulty starts. surprise after surprise follows an odd come upon Barnes has with a woman in a dingy café. homicide and kidnapping stick to, in addition to a perilous chase which brings the Sûreté Nationale into quick action.

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Max shrugged. “I recognize an Italian named Higgins. if you want, i'll get seats for the live performance to-morrow evening. she's going to sing Musetta’s tune and the Gavotte from ‘Mignon. ’ ” “Tomorrow - ” Ross felt a hand on his shoulder and swung around. Inspector Guizet acknowledged: “I discovered from the resort that you simply have been right here. i'm in a rush, so i've got come to fetch you. ” “You come on the correct second! ” Ross exclaimed excitedly, and he pulled Guizet ahead and pointed. “That is the girl of the Café des Lauriers. ” “Monsieur Barnes! ” The inspector sounded a colour impatient. “It is comprehensible within the conditions, I admit. you are concerned, you hold an outstanding burden of hysteria, yet I pray that you're going to no longer see this lady in each face you come across. This morning it used to be a person on the street. Now - ” “It is similar woman,” Ross broke in. “You have in simple terms to discover her and produce her in. ” “There is whatever extra pressing. ” Guizet used to be obdurate in disbelief. “Chief-Inspector Laurent of the Sûreté is ready within the vehicle. we're which will the lodge Marinville and we want you to come back with us. Monsieur Caton Margolies has back from Marseilles simply as he promised in his telegram to Juan-les-Pins. ” “Returned? ” Ross placed all his amazement into the wondering echo. “How can or not it's attainable if he . . . ” “That is what we want to detect. ” there has been a brand new dryness in Guizet’s voice. “He was once at the mobile to headquarters the instant he arrived. He all started from Marseilles sooner than the papers got here out with the inside track. He says he heard not anything until he reached Cannes. ” Ross grew to become to Max Varenine in his bewilderment. “You had higher move at once,” Max urged him. “I will demand you at your lodge within the morning. ” Guizet brought Ross to Chief-Inspector Laurent. the guy from the Sûreté replied with a stare and an unamiable grunt. He had a heavy, sagging face less than a wide-brimmed black homburg. Ross felt, instead of observed his bulk within the shadowy again of the auto. a wide guy, around, with out neck; just a skinny white collar to teach the place the torso left off and the top started. after they drew up on the Marinville, Laurent heaved himself out with one other grunt and commenced up the stairs as though he needed to dissociate himself from his partners. The Flavius get together had transferred from Juan-les-Pins. They have been all there, within the suite reserved for his or her lacking enterprise - omit Blieke, the stenographer; Schuper, the valet; Delbert, the chauffeur. omit Blieke was once in a foul country of nerves. She checked out the cumbersome Laurent as though she observed in him anything terrifying. She made a gesture with a trembling hand. Her eyelids fluttered. you are going to have suggestion she have been invited to place her head at the block. “Mr. Margolies is waiting,” she stated. “I’ll inform him. ” A tall, well-built guy got here from an internal room. He had a young-looking face, yet his hair used to be relatively white. one other secretary, probably. Ross, keyed-up to confront his charterer, felt a unexpected let-down. This one had not anything that may be defined as beauty. His arms have been podgy, his accessory was once strongly American.

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