By Leslie Charteris

The Saint is a traditionalist. He understands what a great pirate tale wishes: gold, hidden treasure, smugglers, dastardly villains, and damsels in misery. From Bimini to Nassau, through Jamaica and Haiti, the Saint travels the Caribbean, interrupting his vacations to settle disputes, remedy murders, overthrow governments, and hunt for treasure.

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I’m only a free-loader,” he acknowledged calmly. “If I have been deciding to buy this, i'd anticipate carrier too. ” “Niver might Mr Uckrose use that rod an’ six-thread line,” O’Kevin persevered. “All he’ll use is the heaviest take on I’ve acquired, in order that whiniver he hooks something, as long as the hook holds, he can simply harse it in. If I had a derrick an’ an influence winch, he’d be usin’ that. An’ any toime there’s a bit braize blowin’, we’ll remain correct on the dock, Mr Uckrose is afraid he’ll be seasick. ” “That isn’t his fault, Patsy. ” “Thin he shouldn’t be tryin’ to faux he’s a fisherman,” acknowledged O’Kevin arbitrarily. “For it kind of feels all he cares approximately is to come back in wid a few fish, he doesn’t care what type it truly is or the way it used to be stuck, simply so he may be havin’ his photo enthusiastic about it, an’ ship it to his neighbors if it’s eatable or have it filled if it isn’t, so they’ll imagine what a very good spartsman he's, while there’s no spart to it. An’ that’s the sort o’ buyer I’d wish to be wealthy sufficient to show down. ” The captain spat forcefully to lee. “Now get that bait within the water, Simon, ahead of I commence thinkin’ ye’re a guy after Uckrose’s center instead of me personal! ” Simon laughed, and placed the bait over the aspect. O’Kevin’s mate eased off the throttles because the Colleen knifed her trim forty-foot hull out of the fairway coastal water into the deep blue of the Gulf flow, a boundary nearly as sharply marked because the department among a river and its financial institution. He used to be a skinny darkish intense-looking younger guy who by no means opened his mouth except he was once without delay spoken to, and never constantly then. “We name him Des,” O’Kevin acknowledged, “after the chap in these Philip Wylie tales. ” His air of fearful compression advised the mute pressure of a looking puppy on a leash. whilst the Saint threw the brake on his reel, O’Kevin reached for the road, nipped it in a clothes-pin, and hauled it out to the top of 1 of the outriggers that had already been reduced to stand proud of the boat’s aspect like a protracted delicate antenna. With the outrigger conserving it away from the Colleen’s wake, the ballyhoo wiggled and skipped enticingly throughout the tops of the waves a ways in the back of them. The Saint settled the butt of the rod securely within the socket among his thighs, leaned conveniently again within the fishing chair, and watched the path of the bait lazily along with his blue eyes narrowed opposed to the glare. Patsy opened a chilly can of beer and positioned it into his hand. “This was once the life,” Simon idea, feeling the sunlight hot his naked again and letting his weight stability harmoniously with the mild surge and roll of the boat, and he didn’t provide a rattling approximately Mr Uckrose or any of his shortcomings. “Now, Mrs Uckrose is diff’rent altogether,” Patsy stated shortly, as though a few imprecise desire for this amplification have been caring him. “Gloria’s her identify, an’ wonderful she is to examine, notwithstanding I’m thinkin’ she wishes a higher hand at the tiller than Uckrose is guy sufficient to be givin’ her. If I have been as younger as yerself—” “Sail! ” shouted Des, in a surprising hysterical bark. Simon had already obvious it himself, the lengthy dorsal fin that lanced the water at the back of and to at least one aspect of the diving and flirting ballyhoo.

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