Dead Man's Handle (Modesty Blaise series)
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laughed and took her arm as they walked from the dressing room down through the long combat room to the double doors at the end with security locks. “I’d planned to do the El Cazador bit on Saturday anyway,” he said. “It’s Molly Chen’s last chance to make an appearance as a living target until next season, and she doesn’t want to miss it.” They walked along a brick path and through a back door that led into Willie’s kitchen. Beyond lay a private sitting room and then the saloon bar of the pub.
in which it dwelt. Thaddeus Pilgrim had once been a devout man of God, a zealous missionary dedicating himself and his family to the task of spreading the gospel. Then came the day in Uganda when the natives for whom he had worked so hard and so lovingly took pangas in their hands and cut his wife and children to pieces. Some weeks later, when he emerged from shock, another being occupied the shell of flesh that had once been Thaddeus Pilgrim. Now, the man behind the grief-ravaged eyes hated
Where are you going to start, Modesty?” “Everywhere.” She came towards him, still with forearms crossed, hands holding her elbows. “I’ll start probing through every contact I’ve got, trying to pick up a line to work on.” “That friend of yours, the intelligence boss-man, he might be able to help. There’s quite an overlap between crime and intelligence these days.” “Yes. I’ll be speaking to Tarrant. But my old criminal contacts are more likely to bear fruit.” “Do you think…“Brook hesitated. “Do
accepted this, since it is in accord with a possibility fully acceptable to his subconscious.” “You mean …? Ah, yes. It could have happened. Pray continue, Mrs. Ram.” “Mr. Garvin believes that the attempt succeeded and that Modesty Blaise was killed. Despite loss of memory, her name is of immense significance to him, and he is deeply distressed.” She looked up from her notes. “Not only distressed, but exceedingly vengeful, which gives much satisfaction to Dr. Tyl in view of scenario
four days to arrange for same so that is no problem. There remains only the matter of prompt elimination of Miss Blaise and Mr. Garvin.” “Prompt but not precipitate,” said Thaddeus Pilgrim, a little less vaguely than usual. “Until daylight, security of the boats is essential. There must be no attempt to seek out our ah erstwhile visitors before dawn.” “I have already briefed personnel to that effect, Doctor.” He beamed at her mistily. “You are reliable in all things, dear lady. I am sure