The Saint Plays with Fire

By Leslie Charteris

When the Saint and Patricia spot a rustic apartment on fireplace they rush to aid, yet are too overdue to rescue one guy trapped inside of. The lifeless man's door was once locked, and Simon concludes there is a homicide to be spoke back for, regardless of the coroner ruling in a different way. He launches his personal research - getting engaged alongside the way in which - and shortly will get stuck up with generals, financiers, and an assassination plot designed to begin a war.

Published at the verge of struggle in 1938, The Saint performs with fireplace is a remarkable condemnation of nationalism and the prejudices that either Charteris and the Saint despised.

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What's? ” he requested fearfully. “De men in de aeroplanes. ” Simon clutched his head. “What men? ” “De guys,” defined Mr Uniatz proudly, “who holiday de bottles of liquor. ” 2 The inquest used to be to be held on the meeting Rooms in Anford, a largish construction which served at numerous instances for dances, whist drives, auctions, and a meeting-place for the Boy Scouts. while Simon arrived a small crowd had already began to assemble, and 3 or 4 policemen have been on responsibility to maintain them again. one of the policemen Simon recognized the constable who had taken his arm at the evening of the hearth. He strolled throughout to him. “Hullo, Reginald,” he murmured. “What’s new? ” “Oh, it’s you, sir. ” The policeman diminished his voice confidentially. “Well, all of it turns out very simple now. The pore satan by no means left ’is bed—’e come down, mattress and all, all over into the libry. stunning sight ’e used to be, too. yet there, he couldn’t’ve felt not anything. He must’ve bin spiflicated by means of the smoke sooner than ever the hearth reached ’im. ” He went on the Saint with a certain quantity of awe. “I didn’t recognize ’oo you used to be until eventually after you’d gorn, sir,” he stated apologetically. “I’m sorry,” stated the Saint gravely. “But you can arrest me so that it will, so there’s no damage performed. ” “Arrest you? ” repeated the policeman. “Wot—me? ” A beaming grin cut up his face nearly in part. “Why, I’ve learn everythink they ever published approximately you, and reasonable larfed myself in poor health occasionally, how you positioned it over on these clever Alecs at Scotland backyard. yet I by no means notion I’d ’ave the excitement of assembly you and never recognize it—though I did ask yourself ’ow you knew my identify the opposite evening. ” “Your identify? ” acknowledged the Saint faintly. “Yes, sir. Reginald. That used to be lovely reliable, that was once. yet i assume you’ve acquired beautiful close to the ’ole police strength of the rustic taped, haven’t you? ” The Saint swallowed. He searched unavailingly for an sufficient answer. thankfully his anguished efforts have been minimize brief by means of the blessed creation of 2 huge autos that rolled as much as the stairs on the front of the construction, and a spontaneous flow of the group drew the policeman again to his task. The Saint took out his cigarette case with a sense of precarious reduction, and watched the automobiles disgorge the dignified shapes of Luker, Fairweather, Sir Robert and girl Sangore, and girl Valerie Woodchester. “It has to be marvelous to be famous,” remarked Peter Quentin reverently. “Get your self a few mirrored glory,” acknowledged the Saint. “Take Pat inside—I’m going to drift round a piece. ” He waited whereas they disappeared, and almost immediately them in. instantly contained in the front was once a fair-sized corridor within which a few humans have been status approximately, speaking in cathedral mutters. there have been unmarried doorways on either side, and a double pair dealing with the doorway which opened into the most room the place the inquest was once to occur. close to those farther doorways woman Valerie used to be status on my own, ready, really impatiently tapping the floor with one trim-shod foot. Simon went over to her. “Good morning,” he acknowledged. She grew to become languidly and inspected him, one finely arched eyebrow somewhat raised.

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