Night Journey

By Winston Graham

The reluctant spy...
Spying was once repugnant to Mencken – even in wartime – yet he had no replacement. He took the project. His target was once to wait a convention of Nazi scientists, researchers in germ war and poison gasoline, and report to London. He was once to select up his orders in Venice.

The nightmare, paranoid international of a undercover agent used to be by surprise Mencken's international. He turned a guy cut up among self-respect and worry, conditioned by means of terror of the faceless males devoted to his removing. . .

'Winston Graham writes shrewdly, with a chew to his dialogue.'
—Scotsman

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In case you have been to invite the proprietor——” “There isn't any time. this is often such a lot pressing. have you ever the authority to force me? ” The whites of his eyes confirmed. “If I had the authority I do not have the inclination. thanks. ” “There will be 100 lire for your self. ” He became his head and listened. “Perhaps the air-raid is over. i'll cross amd see. ” I waited. He got here again. “I will choose you up on the entrance door in 3 mins. ” one other wait within the hot gray corridor. there has been nobody else in any respect approximately. The faint purr of an engine one of the different noises took me down the stairs. An previous Fiat with a box-shaped physique to show site visitors to and from the station. Searchlights have been sweeping the sky, circling the face of the moon. I climbed in beside the guy. “Where to? ” he requested. “Where could they take air-raid casualties? ” “Oh … it should depend upon the district. The Ospedale Maggiore. or perhaps the army medical institution. ” He stopped and stared at me at the hours of darkness. “But signore, do you now not recognized the place your good friend is? ” “The those that telephoned rang off earlier than i'll ask. ” “Do you inform me we're to head from health facility to health facility inquiring, whereas overhead——” “No, we’ll visit his residence. that's on the subject of the Fatoni works. you understand how? ” He jumped. “Mother of God! You question me to force simply the place they're losing the bombs? you could continue your hundred lire! ” I grabbed his arm as he moved to get out. “Two hundred for a profitable force. it truly is not anything. The raid is over. ” “I have no idea the course through night,” he acknowledged sulkily. I smiled unpleasantly within the darkness. “All you need to do is make for the hearth. ” We sat jointly in silence. The final gun had ceased. a superb silence reigned. “Very good, when you insist. i don't comprehend what the executive will say, risking his bus. ” We drove off. the guy used simply sidelights and usually stayed in 3rd apparatus, together with his foot challenging down at the accelerator and his finger at the horn. On any directly highway we went flat out. Even within the moonlight there has been a lot that used to be misleading. We roared via abandoned streets, tyres screeching at corners, horn blaring our coming. We narrowly ignored an ambulance and a fire-engine. at the very least it appeared not likely that anybody might be able to persist with us. except, sneaking worry, the message used to be a decoy. We flashed into open state, whirred among vineyards down a large white autostrada, cleft with a sensation of impression the following mound of shadow. We have been between villas back. forward lay the straggling bulk of the nice Faroni works. at the correct used to be the hearth. A steel-helmeted policeman barred our means. We squealed and jerked so a standstill. “No means via. Make a detour by means of manner of——” “Professor Brayda’s condominium! ” I shouted. “Which means is that? ” “Professor Brayda’s residence has been bombed. You can’t come via. ” “I needs to see Professor Brayda right now. Is he nonetheless right here? ” The policeman cocked a cautious eye on the sky. “ They’re coming again back. what's your enterprise? ” “Urgent message from Captain Bonini of the Naval employees. ” “Very good. cross on. Sharp correct on the subsequent turning, after which at the left twenty yards from the place the line is blocked.

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