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 in all places Europe, even from at the back of the Iron Curtain, gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine in their client saint within the Provence zone of southern France. yet anything is diversified 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 id of Strome heart on a hugely prosperous aristocrat, extraordinary folklorist and gastronome, Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, whose female friend Lila Delafont is a pal of Cecile.

As they stick to the caravan, Bowman and Cecile locate that their lives at risk again and again with a view to discover the key the gypsies are so made up our minds to conceal, and ahead of lengthy are operating for his or her lives.

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I’ve acquired little or no to supply. ’ Bowman appeared within the reflect. The battered Renault was once below 100 yards in the back of. Cecile regarded over her shoulder. ‘Why don’t you cease right here and consult him? He’d by no means dare do whatever the following. There are a long way too many of us round. ’ ‘Far too many,’ Bowman agreed. ‘When I seek advice from him I don’t wish someone inside half of one mile. ’ She glanced at him, shivered and acknowledged not anything. Bowman took the Simca over the Rhône to Trinquetaille, became left directly to the Albaron highway after which left back directly to the line that ran south down the suitable financial institution of the river.

That you hadn’t even earned but. That was once Gaiuse Strome’s cash, Czerda. He’ll wish it again: if he doesn’t get it he’ll have your existence in preference to it. ’ ‘In God’s identify, Bowman’s vanished! I don’t recognize – ’ ‘You will locate him after which you are going to use this on him. ’ Searl reached into the folds of his gown and taken out a pistol with a screwed-on silencer. ‘If you fail, I recommend you keep us hassle and simply apply it to your self. ’ Czerda checked out him for a protracted second. ‘Who is that this Gaiuse Strome? ’ ‘I have no idea.

That gown on my own fee me – ’ ‘Where are they? ’ Le Grand Duc shouted. He used to be via with restraint for the day. ‘The seventy thousand francs? ’ ‘Ah sure. good, now. ’ Bowman shook his head. ‘There’s rather a lot occurred due to the fact final evening – ’ ‘Czerda! ’ Le Grand Duc was once again on stability back however it was once an in depth factor. ‘Put your pistol to overlook Dubois’s head. I shall count number 3. ’ ‘Don’t bother,’ Bowman acknowledged. ‘I left it on the Les Baux caves. by means of Alexandre. ’ ‘By Alexandre? ’ ‘I’m now not an idiot,’ Bowman stated tiredly.

Koscis and Hoval have been frozen in a crouched place below 5 toes away. either males have been smiling. either held lengthy curving knives of their palms and the lamplight gleamed dully off them in a truly disagreeable type. They’d been looking ahead to him, Bowman learned, or somebody like him, they’d been holding tabs on him ever considering that he’d entered the forecourt or even even lengthy prior to that, they’d simply desired to provide him sufficient rope to hold himself, to end up that he used to be as much as what they'd regard as no sturdy – no stable for themselves – and, while chuffed, do away with the resource of inflammation: their activities, in flip, definitely proved to him that there has been whatever unfortunately amiss with this caravan heading for Saintes-Maries.

The chauffeuse, her auburn hair exposed to teach that she used to be briefly off-duty, stood with Lila by means of the facet of the auto: Le Grand Duc, reclining within the rear seat, refreshed himself with a few indeterminate liquid from the open cocktail cupboard sooner than him and surveyed the scene with curiosity. Lila stated: ‘I by no means linked this with gypsies. ’ ‘Understandable, understandable,’ Le Grand Duc conceded graciously. ‘But then, in fact, you don't know your gypsies, my expensive, whereas i'm a ecu authority on them.

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