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By Dick Francis

After his buddy is killed in a horse-racing coincidence, up-and-coming glass artisan Gerard Logan reveals himself embroiled in a perilous look for a stolen videotape--a videotape that simply may perhaps break his personal lifestyles.

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Thanks,” I acknowledged. Victor unhappily watched me use tissues scrounged from his mother’s kitchen to blot the oozing blood on my face. I acknowledged, “There’s consistently email, don’t fail to remember. ” “How are you able to even converse to me? ” I grinned at him. “I nonetheless have all my the teeth. ” “Look out for Rose,” he warned me anxiously. “She by no means supplies up. ” “Try to rearrange to stay along with your grandfather,” I recommended. “It will be more secure than right here. ” a few of his distress abated. I touched his shoulder in parting and walked alongside Lorna Terrace to the place Tom Pigeon waited. Tom checked out my battered face and commentated, “You have been a hell of decades whistling. ” “Mm. ” I smiled. “Silly of me. ” “You not on time it on function! ” he exclaimed in revelation. “You permit that harpy hit you. ” “You get what you pay for, at the whole,” I stated. such a lot bruises pale inside every week, Martin had acknowledged, and in addition this time at the Monday I obtained a physician to stay jointly the worst of the cuts with small adhesive strips. “I believe you walked into one other black-masked door,” guessed Constable Dodd, horrified. “Rose would possibly not frighten you yet, from what I’ve heard, she’d terrify me. ” “Rose didn’t trouble a few mask,” I stated, placing jointly a highly spiced rice supper on Monday night within the kitchen of my residence at the hill. “Do you love garlic? ” “Not a lot. What are you planning on doing approximately Rose Payne? you want to visit the Taunton police and make a criticism opposed to her for attack. That wound could even represent GBH. ” Grievous physically damage, i presumed. now not part as grievous as she had meant. “What might I inform them—a skinny girl beat me up so a chum of mine with a felony list smashed down her entrance door and set his canines on her? ” She used to be now not amused yet easily repeated, “So what are you going to do approximately her? ” I didn’t solution at once. I acknowledged as an alternative, “Tomorrow I’m going to Lynton in Devon and I’d fairly she didn’t comprehend. ” I frowned over a eco-friendly pepper. “It’s a smart guy as is aware his enemies,” I asserted, “and i know our Rose. ” “In the biblical feel? ” “God forbid! ” “But Rose Payne is just one person,” Catherine stated, consuming fizzy water frequently. “There have been 4 black mask, you stated. ” I nodded. “Norman Osprey, bookmaker, he used to be quantity , and Ed Payne, who was once Martin Stukely’s racetrack valet and is Rose’s father, he was once quantity 3 and he’s sorry for it, and all these 3 comprehend I famous them. another appeared established to me on the time yet I can’t were correct. He used to be a clutcher atmosphere me up for the others and that i think about him as quantity 4. He used to be in the back of me as a rule. ” Catherine listened in silence and appeared to be ready. Skidding from time to time throughout a half-formed recollection went the so-far unidentified determine that I referred to as easily Blackmask 4, and that i remembered him so much for the inhumanity he took to his job. It have been Norman Osprey who’d smashed my watch, however it were Black masks 4 who’d bunched my hands for him. For all Norman Osprey’s extraordinary energy, on reflection it was once Blackmask 4 who’d scared me such a lot, and who now, 8 days later, intruded fearsomely into my goals, nightmares within which Blackmask 4 meant to throw me into the 1800 levels Fahrenheit of the liquid glass within the tank within the furnace.

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