The Spy and the Thief: A Jeffery Rand and Nick Velvet Collection

By Edward D. Hoch

A double-barreled collection—two of Edward D. Hoch’s such a lot inventive creations
In the headquarters of Britain’s international workplace, a secretary spies a tv actor creating a replica of a top-secret key. In an island republic, an intelligence operative is murdered simply mins earlier than exposing a Communist mole. And in a bustling jap urban, the chilly battle reaches a turning aspect over a section of movie the dimensions of a pinhead. those are circumstances for C. Jeffery Rand, the fixer inside of Britain’s mystery provider. he's vibrant, ruthless, and clever sufficient by no means to be stunned via the depths to which an enemy undercover agent may possibly sink.
Where Jeffery Rand is hard-nosed, Nick Velvet has a supple contact. A grasp thief, Velvet has a specific ability for stealing strange goods. the place traditional thieves may be content material with jewels or financial institution notes, Velvet pilfers infrequent tigers, water from pools, and the letters on an organization sign.
In this assortment, you'll find seven tales of Rand and 7 of Velvet—two impressive males, one on both sides of the legislations, each one with a knack for doing the impossible.

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Rand had little question that she was once on her technique to record the full dialog to George Sine. “Let’s cross in for a drink,” Peter stated. “Damn chilly out right here. ” “Peter, i believe we’d larger have a major speak about your actions. ” The older guy fumbled for a cigarette. “That little flag on her motor vehicle gave me a superb thought, sir. The foreign Code of indications makes use of combos of 3 flags for its messages. ” “Peter—” “Listen. The flags stand for phrases and words, and they’re all revealed in a code booklet which each send consists of.

The morning mist had hidden their method till it used to be too overdue. “Do you've got a gun? ” she requested Nick. He slipped the silenced . 22 from his jacket pocket. “I’ve nonetheless bought Burma’s, yet it’s no reliable at this diversity. retain low. they could imagine they hit one among us. ” “Velvet! ” Croft shouted, relocating nearer. “I understand you’re there! pop out! There’s adequate for everybody. ” Burma had moved over to the best to flank their place. Nick steadied the silenced aim pistol and drew a bead on him. He waited until eventually the ex-con used to be nearer after which squeezed the set off.

Retail can be double that. there are numerous prosperous girls in manhattan, girls who like diamonds. i used to be bringing via shipments a month in the course of the summer season. ” “Will you inform me the place they’re hidden? ” “Hardly, Mr. Velvet! ” Nick smiled. “Then feel I let you know. ” It used to be twenty mins sooner than hour of darkness, on a moonless evening, while Nick Velvet back to the merry-go-round at Cartier Park. He had recognized all alongside that he could get back, simply because he was once no longer the kind to go away a woman like Dot Defoe on the mercy of a killer.

I’m Cindy Clark,” she informed him. “Reporter for the Eastbridge occasions throughout the summer time months. You going after the letters? ” “What letters might these be? ” “The ones that fell off the Satomex construction. i feel it’s an outstanding tale. they believe an individual attempted to scouse borrow them. ” “Why might someone are looking to do this? ” “I don’t know—melt down the brass or anything, i guess. Are you going searching for them? ” “Maybe. ” “Can I come alongside? ” “You appear to have. ” “Thanks. It’s a superb summer season activity at the paper. They allow me write approximately no matter what i would like.

We don’t wish any undesirable exposure. ” Rand nodded and so they went directly to different issues. It hadn’t been part so undesirable as he’d anticipated. Peter Smith used to be at the mobile to Rand’s Washington lodge room that night even sooner than Rand had an opportunity to consume. “I recognize what you’re going to assert, sir, yet this time i've got proof. I’m with this guy Parker who used to paintings for Sine. there have been Lavender Machines signed out for cargo this week. ” Rand was once remembering the caution phrases of the deputy director. “Where are you, Peter?

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