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By Jack Higgins

Freelance flyer Jack Nelson makes a residing peddling his abilities to the top bidder...and now he has an opportunity to drag off the heist of a life-time. There are hundreds of thousands in sunken treasure for the taking in a go-for-broke caper tailored for Nelson—and all he has to do to gather the loot is pass though it.

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I owe you that at the least. possibly there's a quiet position you recognize of? someplace lets speak …’ I took the line to Talamanca then a cart tune that introduced us after a number of miles to an previous ruined farmhouse in an olive grove above the ocean. There wasn’t a soul round. She sat on a low stone wall which had as soon as marked the boundary of the grove and that i sprawled at the flooring at her ft and smoked a cigarette. It used to be a marvellous day and rather unexpectedly, not anything appeared to subject a great deal. I narrowed my eyes, observing a hawk spiralling down instantly and she or he acknowledged, ‘Did you actually suggest what you acknowledged again there within the church? that you're ruined? ’ ‘As close to as makes no distinction. ’ She sighed, ‘I too, understand what it truly is wish to lose every little thing. ’ ‘Is that alleged to make me think larger? ’ She appeared down at me sharply, anything very just about anger in her face for the 1st time, yet she managed it admirably. ‘Perhaps if I instructed you approximately it, Mr Nelson. ’ ‘Has it something to do with this current affair? ’ ‘Everything. ’ She plucked a eco-friendly leaf from a caper shrub, shredding it among her arms as she stared again into the earlier. ‘I was once born in Algeria. within the again state. My father used to be French, my mom, Bedu. ’ ‘An attention-grabbing mixture,’ I stated. ‘Where do you retain your knife? ’ She missed me thoroughly and carried directly on. ‘We had a wide property. vineyards. My father was once a prosperous guy. while de Gaulle declared Algeria self reliant in 1962 we determined to stick, yet by means of 1965 issues have been very undesirable. All agricultural land owned through foreigners have been expropriated and lots of the French inhabitants had long past. whilst my mom died, my father made up our minds it used to be time we left additionally. ’ ‘How previous have been then you? ’ ‘Just fourteen. He determined to fly us out secretly, almost always simply because he thought of it not going that the experts may let us depart with something worthy having. ’ ‘There used to be one more reason? ’ ‘I imagine you'll say that. ’ She smiled faintly. ‘There was once a convent of the Little Sisters of Pity now not faraway from our position at Tizi Benou. An previous Moorish palace outfitted like a castle. I acquired my schooling there. in the course of these tricky early years of independence, it acted as a shelter repeatedly and church buildings over the total quarter despatched their extra tangible resources there for secure retaining instead of see them looted. ’ the whole lot was once commencing to sound greater than attention-grabbing and that i sat up and grew to become to stand her. ‘These tangible resources - what precisely did they include? ’ ‘Oh, the standard issues. Church plate, priceless items of varied types. such a lot of this used to be rendered down into bullion on the convent, crudely, yet potent adequate. ’ ‘Why bullion? ’ It used to be anything of a superfluous query for I already knew the reply. ‘So that my father may well fly it out. ’ ‘And how a lot did that little lot come to? ’ ‘Something over one million kilos sterling in gold and silver. a coarse approximation in basic terms after which there has been a substantial volume in priceless stones most unlikely to estimate and an important merchandise of all was once important.

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