Caravan to Vaccares

By Alistair MacLean

Reissue of the vintage story of suspense set in Provence, the place an English vacationer investigates a chain of mysterious deaths, from the acclaimed grasp of motion and suspense.

From all over the place Europe, even from at the back of the Iron Curtain, gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine in their shopper saint within the Provence area of southern France. yet anything is varied approximately this year's accumulating, with many suspicious deaths.

Cecile Dubois and Neil Bowman choose to examine. Eavesdropping, Bowman discovers guy named Gaiuse Strome is financing the gypsies, and his suspicions at the genuine identification of Strome middle on a hugely filthy rich aristocrat, individual folklorist and gastronome, Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, whose female friend Lila Delafont is a pal of Cecile.

As they stick with the caravan, Bowman and Cecile locate that their lives at risk time and again so as to discover the key the gypsies are so decided to conceal, and prior to lengthy are working for his or her lives.

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He took out Czerda’s slightly depleted wad of Swiss notes, crackled it in brief and back it. ‘Depends upon the deposit. ’ ‘You particularly are fairly amoral, aren’t you? ’ She sounded nearly admiring. ‘How’s that back? ’ ‘The means you throw different people’s funds round. ’ ‘Life is for dwelling, funds for the spending,’ Bowman stated pontifically. ‘No wallet in a shroud. ’ ‘You’re hopeless,’ she acknowledged. ‘Quite, fairly hopeless. And why this automobile, besides? ’ ‘Why that get-up you’re donning? ’ ‘Why – oh, I see. in fact the Peugeot’s identified. I hadn’t considered that. ’ She checked out him interestingly as he became the Simca towards a sign-post announcing ‘Nîmes’. ‘Where do you think that you’re going? ’ ‘I’m no longer rather definite. I’m trying to find a spot the place i will be able to speak undisturbed. ’ ‘To me? ’ ‘Still your apprehensions. I’ll have all of the remainder of my existence to speak to you. once we have been at the patio a battered-looking gypsy in a battered-looking Renault sat and watched us for ten mins. either one of them are a few hundred yards in the back of us now. i would like to speak to the battered-looking gypsy. ’ ‘Oh! ’ ‘Well may well you are saying “Oh! ” How, one wonders, is it that Gaiuse Strome’s henchmen are directly to us so quickly. ’ He gave her a sidelong look. ‘You’re me in a truly extraordinary demeanour, if i'll say so. ’ ‘I’m considering. ’ ‘Well? ’ ‘If they’re directly to you, why did you trouble switching autos? ’ Bowman stated patiently: ‘When I employed the Simca I didn’t recognize they have been directly to me. ’ ‘And now you’re taking me into chance back? Or what can be possibility? ’ ‘I desire no longer. If i'm, I’m sorry. but when they’re directly to me, they’re directly to the fascinating gypsy lady who has been sitting through my facet – don’t fail to remember that it was once you that the priest used to be tailing whilst he met up together with his unlucky coincidence. might you particularly I’d left you in the back of to deal with them by myself? ’ ‘You don’t supply greatly within the approach of choices,’ she complained. ‘I’ve bought little or no to provide. ’ Bowman regarded within the reflect. The battered Renault used to be under 100 yards in the back of. Cecile appeared over her shoulder. ‘Why don’t you cease right here and seek advice from him? He’d by no means dare do something right here. There are some distance too many of us round. ’ ‘Far too many,’ Bowman agreed. ‘When I check with him I don’t wish a person inside of 880 yards. ’ She glanced at him, shivered and acknowledged not anything. Bowman took the Simca over the Rhône to Trinquetaille, grew to become left directly to the Albaron highway after which left back directly to the line that ran south down the suitable financial institution of the river. the following he slowed and lightly introduced the automobile to a cease. the motive force of the Renault, he saw, did an analogous factor at a discreet distance to the rear. Bowman drove the Simca on its means back: the Renault undefined. A mile farther on into the flat and featureless plains of the Camargue Bowman stopped back. So did the Renault. Bowman obtained out, went to the rear of the automobile, glanced in brief on the Renault parked a few hundred yards away, opened the boot, extracted an enforce from the tool-kit, thrust it inside of his jacket, closed the boot and again to his seat.

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