By Edward Marston
As a educate speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, the lifeless physique of a guy is hurled into the canal under. Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming tackle the main tough case they've got but confronted. Hampered through the truth that the corpse has not anything on him to point his identification, they're baffled until eventually a tender lady comes ahead to give an explanation for that the homicide sufferer, Gaston Chabal, is an engineer, engaged on an incredible rail hyperlink in France. because the case takes on a global measurement, difficulties collect. Colbeck and Leeming need to live on own risk, resistance from the French executive, broadsides from their Superintendent, and lots of different setbacks earlier than they remedy the crime.
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I’ve simply come from a shareholders’ assembly of a railway company,’ responded the opposite. ‘The something of curiosity that the chairman informed me was once that Colbeck helped to avoid a significant crime from occurring on considered one of their trains previous this yr. The chairman couldn't converse too hugely of him. ’ ‘Colbeck had a few success, that’s all. ’ ‘His good fortune can’t be brushed off as frivolously as that, Rogan. while I mentioned that the Railway Detective used to be faltering badly along with his most up-to-date case, the chairman stated that he’d heard a hearsay to the impact that the inspector had long past to France. ’ Rogan was once jolted. ‘To France? ’ ‘It used to be no longer the type of details i needed to listen to. ’ ‘Nor me, Sir Marcus. ’ ‘What i need to examine is the wear and tear performed to a specific railway line at the different part of the Channel, but the newspapers were uniformly silent at the topic. ’ ‘You can’t count on them to hold international goods. ’ ‘That’s precisely what I do anticipate, guy. Any periodical precious of the identify must have its personal international correspondents. the days will constantly record concerns of curiosity from overseas. ’ ‘This could rarely trap their recognition, Sir Marcus. ’ ‘Yes, it can. An Englishman is concerned – Thomas Brassey. ’ ‘I’m definite that every little thing goes to plot. ’ ‘Then why is there no whisper of it within the press? Why is there no document from France in regards to the harm brought on to a railway during which they've got invested either funds and nationwide satisfaction? ’ ‘I can’t inform you,’ admitted Rogan. ‘Then discover. ’ ‘Eh? ’ ‘Go to France, guy. realize the reality. ’ ‘But I’m dealing with different situations in the mean time, Sir Marcus. I can’t simply drop them to head crusing off around the Channel. besides, I’ve no cause to suspect that the lads I engaged will allow me down. ’ ‘How a lot did you pay them? ’ ‘Half the money in advance,’ stated Rogan, ‘just such as you informed me, the remaining to be passed over whilst the activity used to be performed. ’ ‘And has the task been performed? ’ pressed Sir Marcus. ‘Not but. ’ ‘Not in any respect, i believe. What used to be to forestall those rogues from pocketing the cash you gave them and taking to their heels? If that’s the case, Rogan – and that i wish, in your sake, that it’s now not – then i'm out of pocket because of your undesirable judgement of personality. ’ ‘Sir Marcus—’ ‘Don’t interrupt me,’ snapped the opposite, subduing him with a frosty glare. ‘There’s unfinished enterprise the following, sir. when you settle for a fee, you'll want to see it via as an issue of honour. What you probably did for me during this state, I applaud. You obeyed your orders to the letter and have been handsomely rewarded. yet I start to worry that you've allow me down woefully in France itself. ’ ‘That’s now not actual, Sir Marcus. ’ ‘Prove it. ’ ‘I will, if you’ll undergo with me for your time. ’ ‘My endurance is exhausted. ’ Taking anything from his pocket, he slapped it down at the little desk that stood among them. ‘Take that and learn it rigorously. ’ ‘What is it? ’ ‘A record of sailings to France. opt for a ship and be on it at the present time. ’ ‘Today? ’ spluttered Rogan. ‘That’s most unlikely. ’ ‘Not if you happen to positioned your brain to it, guy.