The Diamond Bubble

The Diamond Bubble

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A peculiar diamond sale pits Captain JosAc Da Silva against his cousin It is an ancient scam: Offer a wealthy American a massive diamond for a bargain price, have a jeweler confirm the stone is genuine, and swap it for a fake as soon as the money changes hands. At first, Captain JosAc Da Silva assumes Senator Hastings has been taken in by an ordinary conman, but the diamond is all too real. There is a more elaborate con in progress here, and only one man in Rio would be daring enough to execute it. He is Da Silvaa€™s cousin Nestor, and he is a true genius of crime. According to Nestora€™s scheme, the senator was supposed to sail that afternoon on the Bolivar, along with three other targets of the plot. But Senator Hastings deviated from the plan and left the boat at the last minute, which means Da Silva still has a chance to set things righta€”assuming hea€™s quick enough to outwit his own flesh and blood.a€œIa#39;ll have to stay an extra day or two, after the funeral, to straighten out hera€”I mean, his affairs, sir, a€ he said with quiet dignity. a€œIa#39;m the last sona€”grandson, I mean. ... a€œWell, all together, how long will you be away this time?a€ a€œIn all ... a€œAnd my regards to your grandfather, a€ the manager said sourly, and picked another cigar from the humidor, a sure indication that the interview, as far as he was concerned, wasanbsp;...

Title:The Diamond Bubble
Author:Robert L. Fish
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2015-06-16


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