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By Dick Francis

Whilst a string of kidnappings rocks the pony racing global, Andrew Douglas is introduced in to get better the missing-without changing into the following sufferer.

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What’s stun? ” “Grenades which roughly knock humans out for a short time. They produce noise and surprise waves, yet do no everlasting harm. whereas everyone seems to be semiconscious, you stroll into the flat and observe handcuffs the place they’re wanted. ” “The military has them, i feel. ” I nodded. “You are a part of the military. ” “Special devices have them. We don’t. ” He thought of. “Would they harm the kids? ” I didn’t comprehend. i may see him discarding stun grenades speedily. “We’ll wait,” he stated. “The kidnappers can't reside there perpetually. after all, they have to pop out. ” CENCI STARED MOROSELY at a wide cardboard carton status at the table in his workplace. The carton bore stick-on labels announcing Fragile in white letters on purple, however the contents could have survived any drop. Any drop, that's, other than one to kidnappers. “Fifteen hundred million lire,” he acknowledged. “The banks prepared for it to come back from Milan. They introduced it directly to this place of work, with safety guards. ” “In that field? ” I requested, shocked. “No. They sought after their situations again . . . and this field was once the following. ” His voice sounded deathly drained. “The leisure comes the next day to come. They’ve been figuring out and fast, however the curiosity they’re difficult will cripple me. ” I made a mute gesture of sympathy, as no phrases appeared applicable. Then I turned into my chauffeur’s uniform, carried the heavy carton to the automobile, stowed it within the trunk, and almost immediately drove Cenci domestic. We ate dinner past due in that apartment, even though nutrients have been frequently left unfinished in keeping with the nervousness point of the day. Cenci may push his plate away in revulsion, and that i occasionally notion my thinness resulted from by no means with the ability to devour heartily within the face of grief. My feedback that Cenci may well desire my now not residing as relations have been met with emphatic negatives. He wanted corporation, he stated, if he have been to stick sane. i'd please be with him up to attainable. On that night, even though, he understood that I couldn’t be. I carried the delicate field upstairs to my room, closed the curtains, and began the long job of photographing each be aware, knocking down them in a body of nonreflecting glass, 4 at a time of an identical denomination. inspite of the digicam on a tripod, with bulk movie, with cable unlock and with motor force, the task continuously took a while. It used to be person who I did truly want to not depart to banks or the police, yet even in any case the perform I’d had i may shift simply approximately fifteen hundred notes an hour. huge ransoms had me shuffling banknotes in my desires. It used to be Liberty industry regimen to ship the undeveloped motion pictures via exhibit courier to the London place of work, the place we had easy constructing and printing apparatus within the basement. The numbers of the notes have been then typed right into a machine, which taken care of them into numerical order for every denomination after which published out the lists. The lists have been again, back via courier, to the consultant within the box, who, after the sufferer were freed, gave them to the police to movement to all of the country’s banks, with a promise that any teller recognizing one of many ransom notes will be rewarded.

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