The Dark Side of the Island
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Lomax is determined to earn back the trust of the people of Kyros. But first he must uncover the truth behind the murderous conspirators—before they can kill him.
machine into neutral and let it roll towards the edge of the cliffs. He hoisted the dead man on to his back and went down the slope. For a moment he stood at the edge, looking at the white line of surf breaking on the rocks below, and then he tossed the body down after the machine and went back to the girl. She was standing at the top of the rise where he had left her and he was conscious that she was looking at him through the darkness. “I’m sorry you had to get mixed up in this,” he said
smoking cigarettes. “I think I can stand about as much of this as they’ve got to offer,” Boyd said. “Another cigarette and it’s me for bed. What about you?” “I’ll wait for Van Horn to show up,” Lomax told him. “He’ll probably have a message from Alexias about tomorrow.” Boyd got to his feet and moved across to the bookshelves that lined one side of the room. He examined one or two and chuckled. “All by the great man himself, bound in green leather and autographed in gold.” “Bring one over for
he was faced with the silence of eternity and the realisation of his own insignificance in the general scheme of things. Whatever a man did came to nothing in the final analysis. That being so, he could only do what had to be done and hope for the best. He crossed the plateau and started down towards the other side of the island. 14 A Fine Night for Dying The moon was rising as he went down the hill through the olive trees and he could taste the salt on the wind. The farm was shrouded
Italian officers during the war and handed it to the other man. “If he gives you any trouble between here and town, shoot him.” “What do we do when we’ve got rid of him?” his companion said. “Come straight back to the farm. I’ll be waiting to hear the good news.” Dimitri turned to Lomax. “Sorry I can’t be in at the kill, but I’ve got other business to attend to. Riki here and Nikita will look after you just fine. They’ve got almost as good a reason for hating you as I have.” “You’ll never get
gesture. “All right, Kytros. Have it your way, but make sure he’s on the boat when it leaves at four o’clock. If he isn’t, I can’t be responsible for what might happen.” Lomax stumbled past the sergeant and climbed the steps into the bright sunlight. For a moment, reaction set in and he leaned against the wall, his chest heaving as he struggled for breath. Kytros put a hand on his shoulder. “Are you all right? Did they harm you?” Lomax shook his head. “I’m getting a little too old to be