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By Leslie Charteris

When the Saint is going for a drink in a brand new York nightclub—Cookie’s Cellar—he discovers the fairly attractive nightclub singer Avalon Dexter; besides the fact that, he quickly meets the fewer stunning Cookie herself.

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He was once a wide guy, and the traces in his face had no longer been received by means of considering up how one can aid his fellow-man. He was once busy in the mean time she arrived prior to him learning a few revealed subject on his table. He didn’t lookup. “Excuse me,” Avalon stated. The sergeant paid no recognition. He persisted his learn of the papers prior to him. He held a pencil in a single large fist, and made a money mark at times. “I beg your pardon,” Avalon acknowledged. nonetheless there has been no proof that the sergeant had heard her. He endured to peruse his mysterious papers. Avalon, like those that additionally serve, stood and waited. shortly the sergeant made a cost mark after the identify Sir Walter within the fourth at Pimlico and appeared up. His eyes have been with no expression. They roved over the convolutions of attractiveness as though they'd been examining a prize farm animal. They penetrated, sure, and Avalon may believe her outfits falling off her, yet there has been no lust, no wish, within the sergeant’s eyes—only boredom. “Yep? ” he acknowledged. “I are looking to see a prisoner you've gotten here,” she acknowledged. “His identify is Templar. ” She spelled it. The sergeant’s eyes acknowledged “Dames! ” as he reached for a seriously certain ledger. He scanned it. “When did he get the following? ” “An hour in the past, or much less. ” “Nobody’s been right here within the final hour. ” “Where could he be, then? ” “What’s the rap? ” “Oh, he hasn’t even been attempted. No cost has been made. ” The sergeant’s eyes groaned, rolled skyward. “Lady, he’ll be booked at Centre highway headquarters. He won’t come the following until he’s been convicted. ” “Oh, I didn’t comprehend. the place is it? ” He instructed her. She flagged a cab, and went there. As she fastened the huge flight of stairs, she used to be joined via Kay Natello and Ferdinand Pairfield. Ferdinand used to be resplendent in pink shawl, gray plaid jacket, dove-grey trousers, gray suède footwear, and lemon-coloured socks. His arms have been white butterflies rising from cocoons. “Darling! ” he cried, like bells from Lakmé. Kay Natello may besides were wearing a fire-hose, for the entire blue cotton costume did for her gaunt body. She acknowledged not anything, and Avalon used to be thankful for being spared that. “Myrmidons,” Avalon murmured. “What’s the rap? ” Ferdinand positioned butterflies on her arm and she or he shivered. “Quaint girl,” he purred. “We have been all the way down to see a attorney on Wall highway, and we have been simply passing in a cab—with the main brutal driving force, my pricey, easily delicious—and Kay acknowledged ‘There’s Avalon! ’ and because we’d been taking a look far and wide for you—” His shrug was once as sleek as feathers on a bit wind. “Looking for me? ” “Yes, come on,” Kay Natello acknowledged, within the voice which was once so like an overstrained buzz-saw. “The such a lot marvellous factor, darling,” Ferdinand burbled. “Magnamount’s going to do an image round Cookie’s Canteen. We’ll all be in it. And you’re to have a great function. So come alongside. Cookie desires to verify you’ll play ahead of she symptoms up with Mr Pfeffer. ” “Mr Pfeffer being—?! ” “The manufacturer, expensive woman. He’s very old fashioned. ” Avalon stood in indecision for a second. She appeared to locate not anything to claim. yet finally she acknowledged, “Okay. You run alongside.

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