Biggles and the Black Mask

Biggles and the Black Mask

W. E. Johns

Language: English

Pages: 109

ISBN: 0340190914

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Biggles decides to investigate Roderick Canson, an ex-RAF Officer, whom he knew to be a thief. Canson has just been granted a licence to operate an air Charter Company and Biggles is suspicious as to what he is up to. Ginger is sent on a holiday to Nice in France with the new company. He follows Canson and is attacked and nearly killed. Returning to the UK, Ginger is kidnapped by Canson and held in a large country house. Here he meets Mr X, a man who wears a black mask to conceal his identity. The dust cover shows Ginger being brought before Mr. X, with a large picture of the man in the mask. Biggles and Bertie investigate Ginger's disappearance. Biggles follows Ginger's route to the hotel room where he was staying and finds that he has left a coded message for them. Bertie keeps watch on Canson's airfield and follows his distinctive Rolls Royce from the air. This leads him to a large country house. Biggles suspects that Ginger is being held in the house and with the help of Inspector Gaskin and a burglar of his acquaintance known as 'Badger', Biggles and Bertie break into the house, after doping the guard dogs. They do this because Canson has threatened to murder Ginger if they don't drop their investigations. Ginger is rescued and Canson flees in his plane to Nice, where, with the help of Marcel Brissac, he is arrested. The air Charter Company is a front for smuggling counterfeit currency. Returning to raid the large country house, Biggles is in for a big surprise as to what is behind the scheme and who the man behind the mask is.

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of taking care of myself,’ retorted Ginger. ‘What were you doing in Nice, anyway?’ ‘Having a look round. Exploring if you like. It’s a civilized city, isn’t it?’ ‘I suppose so. But let’s not waste any more of my time. I’m due back. Do you want to go home?’ ‘I suppose I shall have to.’ ‘All right. You can come with me. Get your baggage. To save time I’ve got your passport. The police were here checking when I arrived. Here it is. Take it, and keep it handy. We don’t want a hold-up at the

of taking care of myself,’ retorted Ginger. ‘What were you doing in Nice, anyway?’ ‘Having a look round. Exploring if you like. It’s a civilized city, isn’t it?’ ‘I suppose so. But let’s not waste any more of my time. I’m due back. Do you want to go home?’ ‘I suppose I shall have to.’ ‘All right. You can come with me. Get your baggage. To save time I’ve got your passport. The police were here checking when I arrived. Here it is. Take it, and keep it handy. We don’t want a hold-up at the

company’s planes went there. It was not surprising that Ginger began to wonder how far the ramifications of the organization extended. What was going on? What were these people doing? He still had no idea. There were several of them in it. Smuggling? It would have to be on a big scale to be worth while. Drug running? On a small scale it wouldn’t pay all these people; yet on a big scale the Anti-Narcotics Bureau would soon get wind of it. He would have heard about it at the Yard. A spy ring? That

near the house in the park. The Rolls was no longer at the door; but he spotted something he had not previously noticed, concentrating as he had on getting the photographs. Animals were wandering about on the lawn. Using binoculars he made them out to be dogs. He counted five. Why so many? he wondered. Was the place a kennels, for training police dogs, guide dogs for the blind, or something of that sort? He decided that Canson, or his friends if they were anything like him, would not be

in full view. A series close together at the end of the left wing supported Bertie’s belief that it was one big room. Light came from a window on the first floor and a glim over the front door suggested a lighted entrance hall. It was a fine summer night, warm, moon and starlight, without a movement of air. In a way these conditions were ideal for the work on hand in that any sound of movement near the house would be heard; but they also operated in reverse; any sound made by the approaching

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