By Geoffrey Household
A vintage mystery set in Dorset after the second one global warfare, filled with Household's signature motion and suspense.
An afternoon's capturing within the nation turns out a delightful prospect to Roger Taine, a revered kinfolk guy with a exceptional army list. but if he discovers a poacher on his land, he fires a caution blast that prevents the intruder lifeless in his tracks.
Investigating extra, Taine inadvertently uncovers a new-fascist plot which he's made up our minds to thwart. a sequence of auto chases, aeroplane drops and cross-country scrambles sharpen the secret, however the event takes a brand new twist whilst Taine discovers that he himself is being pursued via the police.
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I asked again. ” he answered as if taking a sudden decision. ” he replied. “I was only wondering where you picked up English,” I explained. ” “We had English grooms, too. ” “Poland,” he answered drily. ” “The partition,” he corrected me. “Oh, first the Russians, then the Germans. ” “Under the sky, my sympathetic colonel. ” Then he told me as much of his story as he thought fit for me to hear. I don’t know how many secret organizations he served when it suited him–indeed I doubt if he knew himself–but one was his own, formed by him and led by him.
That was a disaster. There would be some wonderful sets of my fingerprints on that spade. ” So that was that, and the end of me if ever they chose to go to the police. I could never produce any convincing story to explain what I was doing with a spade in that corner of the shoot. They walked away diagonally across the fields, aiming– I had to gamble on it–for the cart track. As soon as I was sure, I ran straight to my bicycle, tore silently up the road and reached the junction a little before them.
Your grandfather was a great friend of our family, Colonel Taine,” he said. “Mr. Taine,” I corrected him. Inverted snobbery, I suppose. But it’s ridiculous for an ordinary businessman to go walking about as a colonel. ” I didn’t believe that my grandfather had any connection with the Heyne-Hassinghams–except that he sold them a famous ram of his own breeding–but I accepted this lush suggestion of friendship. Grandfather, if he visited their house at all, would certainly have made some memorable inroads on the Heyne-Hassingham cellar before parting with his ram.