Fiesta for Murder

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Hammond (1962)
By James Mitchell writing as Patrick O. McGuire.

Nils Gelheim, a Finn, and his wife Paquita, from Barcelona, were pleasant, ordinary people, yet Nils was murdered.

No one knew why, least of all Tom Wells, Nils's neighbour, yet because by chance Tom's job as electrical engineer took him to Barcelona, he found himself involved in a terrible and bewildering plot - bewildering because he was supposed to know the whereabouts of enormous wealth, where-as, of course, he knew nothing.

Lloret, the wealthy Spaniard, refused to believe him, and Nieves Perm, the beauty from Canine, was sure he knew. Stoltz and Brenner were prepared to torture him to learn the secret; Colonel Ruiz of the Spanish Police despised him for it; only Bamaby, the negro chauffeur, believed in him and helped him.

For Tom badly needed help in a nightmare situation where ruthless men fought like beasts for fantastic treasure, a treasure so great it turned bitter enemics into allies, and murder was commonplace.

Mercilessly the battle was fought to a tremendous climax, in an atmmphere of wealth and gaiety so much at variance with the facts.

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