“It must have taken her a quarter of an hour to give him all the information she had gained; and at the end of that time the clear vision in the Saint's brain was as stark and monstrous as the thing he had imagined so few months ago - only a little while before he had thought that the ghost was laid for ever. All that she told him fitted faultlessly upon the bones of previous knowledge and speculation that were already his and he saw the thing whole and real, the incarnate nightmare of a megalomaniac's delirium, gigantic, bloated, hideous, crawling over the map of Europe in a foul suppuration of greed and jealousy, writhing slimy tentacles into serene and precious places. The ghost was not laid. It was creeping again out of the poisoned shadows where it had grown up, made stronger and more savage yet by its first frustration, preparing now to fashion for itself a fetid physical habitation in the bodies of a holocaust of men...”Leslie Charteris
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