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John Chen's stomach twisted uneasily. He hated the interminable quarreling, his father apoplectic with rage, his wife in tears his children petrified, his stepmother and brothers and cousins all gioating, wanting him gone, all of his sisters, most of his uncles, all their wives. Envy, greed. The hell with it and them, he thought But Father's right about Bartlett, though not the way he thinks No. This one is for me. This deal. Just this one then I'll be free forever. They were almost through the long, brightly lit Customs Hall now.

No need to worry about those," John Chen said irritably. " Armstrong held on to the door for a moment. "John came with two cars. One for you and Mr. " "Of course. watched the car drive off. Linc Bartlett's a lucky man, he thought, and wondered absently why Special Intelligence was interested in her. "Just meet the airplane and go through her passport personally," the director of SI had told him this morning. "And Mr. " "No, Robert, you may not ask why. You're no longer in this branch you're in a nice cushy job at Kowloon.

It's surely not possible for Casey Tcholok to be a woman, he thought. Behind them the steward, Sven Svensen, came bouncing down the stairs, carrying two air suitcases. "Here you are, Casey. " "Yes. Sure. " "Line said for you to go on. " "No thanks. Mr. John Chen kindly met us. " Sven studied the policeman thoughtfully for a moment. " she asked. " Sven Svensen grinned. " Only four things were subject to any import license or customs duty in the Colony gold, liquor, tobacco and gasoline and only one contraband apart from narcotics and totally forbidden: all forms of firearms and ammunition.

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